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Brazil to Fund Creation of National Fiber Optic Network

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2010 – Brazil has started to enact changes to fulfill its long term broadband goals. The nation announced the plan early last month with a goal of bringing down the cost of broadband from $50USD to $25-35USD.

Brazil’s Planning Minister Paulo Bernardo said, “Prices for broadband services could be lowered with the participation of private enterprises”.

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WASHINGTON, June 21, 2010 – Brazil has started to enact changes to fulfill its long term broadband goals. The nation announced the plan early last month with a goal of bringing down the cost of broadband from $50USD to $25-35USD.

Brazil’s Planning Minister Paulo Bernardo said, “Prices for broadband services could be lowered with the participation of private enterprises”.

The plan is not as complex as the one proposed by the FCC; it simply calls for creating a large scale backbone network to be built by Telebras. The firm will build the 23,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable as a backbone network.  The last mile networks will be run by smaller firms across the nations.

The government will invest 3.22 billion reais ($1.81billion) into Telebras over the next four years.

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