Costa Rica to give broadband a cash boost

Plans to extend and improve broadband Internet coverage are set to be boosted by the state-owned Banco Nacional.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Government authorities say they intend to set up a US$500,000 trust fund to improve the nation's telecommunications, above all broadband coverage.
The trust would be managed by Banco Nacional and funded by bonds issued on the nation's stock market – a model that has been used frequently in the past to raise money for projects in the public interest.

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President Chinchilla introduced the "Digital Social Agreement", which promises broadband "solidarity", connectivity and digital technologies for education and the strengthening of the Digital Government.

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“Radiográfica Costarricense” (Racsa) will invest in a new high speed Internet access network.

The new infrastructure will allow the company, a subsidiary from state-owned “Grupo ICE”, to offer Internet connections with speeds up to 1 GB.
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