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Brazil to Fund Creation of National Fiber Optic Network

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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.

Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act

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