The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that it has received a total of seven applications for funding under the ‘Uniendo a Puerto Rico’ and ‘Connect USVI’ schemes. Previously, in September 2019 the watchdog committed to providing a ten-year funding package worth up to USD691.2 million to service providers that committed to offer voice and broadband services to all fixed locations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Puerto Rican funding will total USD504.7 million, while USD186.5 million has been set aside for the USVI.
As per FCC documentation, the Puerto Rican companies moving forward to Stage 2 of the Fixed Competitive Proposal Process have been named as: Aeronet Wireless Broadband, Critical Hub Networks, Data@ccess Communication, Liberty Communications and Puerto Rico Telephone Company (Claro). The USVI, meanwhile, is represented by Broadband VI and Virgin Islands Telephone Company (Viya).