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Brazil government signs up over 2,000 cities for internet program

Bnamericas Published: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Brazil government signs up over 2,000 cities for internet program

The governors of at least 2,260 Brazilian cities are expected to sign agreements on Monday to join the government's Internet for All digital inclusion program, ICT ministry MCTIC reported on Friday.

Adherents to the program will endeavor to fast-track approval of tower sites and cover the cost of powering the transmitters.

MCTIC believes even more governors could show up at the ceremony, since another 330 cities have previously shown interest in joining the program.

The government estimates that infrastructure deployed for this program could benefit 40,000 neighborhoods associated with these cities.

Delivery of materials for the towers is scheduled to begin in May, after which MCTIC expects the construction rate to peak at 200 towers per day. Construction will be carried out by US company Viasat, under a contract signed with state operator Telebras.

Backhaul to the towers will be provided by Brazil's SGDC satellite.

Pictured: MCTIC head Gilberto Kassab.

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