FCC awards Broadband VI USD84.5m for 1Gbps service; Liberty, Claro scoop PR funding

17 Nov 2020

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that its Wireline Competition Bureau has awarded US Virgin Islands (USVI)-based Broadband VI USD84.5 million worth of funding – payable over ten years – to bring 1Gbps download speeds to a total of 46,039 locations across the islands. The recipient was decided via the ‘Connect USVI Fund Stage 2’ competitive process.

Earlier this month, the FCC confirmed that Liberty Communications and Puerto Rico Telephone Company (Claro) were the winning applicants in the corresponding ‘Uniendo a Puerto Rico Stage 2’ competitive process. The government will supply funding worth USD127.1 million to the duo to deliver 100Mbps connectivity to a total of 1.2 million locations, of which nearly one-third will receive 1Gbps speeds. Liberty will receive USD71.54 million to roll out services to 914,000 locations in 43 of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipios, while Claro will receive USD55.56 million in support to provide high speed broadband access to 308,000 locations in the other 35 municipios.