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Welcome to the official website of the Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative (PRBI).  Funded through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the US Department of Commerce, the PRBI is working to improve broadband services for all residents of Puerto Rico.   We invite you to learn more about us.

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High-speed Internet or broadband is one of the most transformative communications technologies in human history. In just over a decade, broadband has completely changed commerce, public discourse, and how we interact with each other and the rest of the world. Broadband is no longer a luxury. Broadband is a necessity.

Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative, INTECO interconnect broadband networks

 

San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 12, 2012 – Critical Hub Networks and Iniciativa Tecnológica Centro Oriental (INTECO) announce the successful interconnection of their broadband networks, in an effort to improve broadband services in Puerto Rico.  

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.

“INTECO’s interconnection with the Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative is central to our success in delivering broadband services to our region”, said Ing. Oscar Jimenez, President of INTECO. 

“INTECO is working hard to bring broadband to an area of the island which has been traditionally underserved.  We’re thrilled to support their project, and we welcome INTECO’s network as a peering partner of the Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative,” stated 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, PRBI has entered into interconnection agreements with 16 broadband wholesale and last mile solution providers. 

“The PRBI’s goal is to establish local peering between all of Puerto Rico’s broadband providers – including traditional wired broadband, fixed wireless and mobile broadband services.  As Puerto Rico’s broadband networks upgrade to be able to deliver faster speeds, local peering becomes essential”, emphasized Marazzi. 

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 is available at www.caribe.net, the Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative website at www.prbridgeinitiative.org, or by calling (787) 728-9000.