Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative to interconnect with INTECO
ARRA-funded projects collaborate to improve broadband in Central-East region
San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 13, 2011 – Critical Hub Networks has entered into a network interconnection and peering agreement with the Iniciativa Tecnológica Centro Oriental (INTECO) to bring faster, more affordable broadband services to Puerto Rico’s Central & East Coast communities.
Funded in February 2010 by the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), INTECO is constructing a broadband network through the municipalities of Cayey, Caguas, Gurabo, San Lorenzo, Juncos, Las Piedras, Naguabo and Humacao. INTECO’s new network infrastructure is essential to the economic and social development of the region. In particular, INTECO’s broadband infrastructure will be specifically used to improve health care, education and public safety in the region.
Composed by multiple allied municipalities, industries, and academic institutions, INTECO’s purpose is to foster innovation and economic development. Municipalities, academia and private enterprise join to commercialize innovating technologies, to strengthen existing industries, to create new enterprises and to stimulate commercial activity.
“We’re thrilled to welcome INTECO’s network as a peering partner of the Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative. As we move to faster broadband speeds and as we use the Internet for transporting more sensitive and critical data for our homes and businesses, it is essential that broadband networks interconnect locally in Puerto Rico”, said Carlo Marazzi, President of Critical Hub. “The peering of INTECO with PRBI will bring faster broadband speeds to Puerto Rico’s east coast communities.”
The Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative is continuing its work to support economic development and broadband expansion efforts in the island. In addition to interconnection with INTECO, recently Critical Hub announced the interconnection with the Puerto Rico Health Information Network (PRHIN). PRHIN is creating a network to support the federally-mandated health digitalization plan. Health digitalization will allow for electronic prescriptions and record management, and will facilitate better, more cost effective health care services for Puerto Rico residents.
In April 2010, Critical Hub was awarded $25.7 million in ARRA funds through the NTIA for the Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative (PRBI) to bring fast, affordable broadband service to all of Puerto Rico.
Headquartered in El Telégrafo in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Critical Hub Networks, also known as Caribe.Net, is an Internet Service Provider offering disaster recovery, data center and colocation services, and a full suite of retail, corporate and wholesale Internet services. Additional information about Critical Hub Networks can be obtained by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by accessing the web site at www.caribe.net, the Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative website at www.prbridgeinitiative.org, or by calling (787) 728-9000.