Broadband Internet is Public Infrastructure

Like electricity or roads, digital communications with unlimited bandwidth is essential for development.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


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Question: "In Costa Rica, broadband Internet implies a top speed of 512 Kbps. The government's plan is to raise that limit to 1,544 Mbps Where does that leave the country?"
Answer: "This leaves the country at the end of country rankings. And that's bad."

Question: The International Telecommunication Union has called for the expansion of broadband Internet in the population. Is this an issue of price, investment or political willingness?"
Answer: "The use of broadband is a policy issue. To do it today does not imply a technical challenge, the only need is good competition. The digital highway is infrastructure like electricity or roads. It costs money to build, but the cost compared with other infrastructures is cheaper than what you can imagine."

Jonas Bigersson, a Swedish known as the "father of broadband", is interviewed by Monica Cordero Sancho on an article in Elfinancierocr.com.

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In Costa Rica contracts have been awarded to the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and Claro to provide telephony and broadband Internet services in six cantons in the south of the country.

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Communications currently being the engine of development, Latin America is moving at low speeds in a vehicle that is too costly.

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