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Argentina to Create National Fiber-Optic Network

October 18th, 2010 | Categoría: Politics, Technology

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President Cristina Fernández on Monday pledged to marshall investments totaling $2 billion to create a nationwide fiber optic network so that everyone in Argentina can access the Internet.

Fernandez called access to information “a universal right” and said the plan will prove to be a “historic milestone” like the creation of public television here was 59 years ago.

The announcement is also part of a plan by the government to provide free, nationwide open-air HDTV signals to households around the country, even in areas that have never had access to cable TV or other broadcast signals.

The HDTV network will have a total of 16 channels, including one dedicated to showing Argentine films, Fernández said.

The broadband plan also calls for free WiFi hotspots in plazas and other public places around the county, as well as the creation of cyber libraries.

It’s unclear exactly how the new fiber-optic network will be built, though Fernández said it will be partly a private and public sector project. It’s also unclear what kind of download speeds the network will offer.

The program is scheduled to be fully up and running within three years, though readers may note that some previously appealing announcements have failed to deliver within the announced time frames.

In January 2009 the government said it would scrap the capital city’s anachronistic public transportation payment system and replace it with a single “electronic” card system to allow people to prepay for bus, subway and train trips.

Fernández promised to have the so-called SUBE system running within 90 days. It’s now about 22 months later and the system has yet to be implemented as announced.

In separate but related news, the Internet service provider Fibertel came out with a promotion Saturday offering to double the download speed of its 3-Megabit customers to 6 Megabits.

*I signed up for the offer and found that my download speed had actually tripled to more than 9Mbps, at least temporarily, making me a very happy camper. My videochats with friends and family in the U.S. are now sharper than before. Upload speeds are also faster.

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6 Comments

samNo Gravatar says:

Taos,

So nice to see you posting again — your regular new posts were sorely missed in our house during the last couple of months!

Mother's day says:

Always thinking about you and your mom.
Love you
anonymous

StaffordNo Gravatar says:

ra ra ra. More empty populist promises to excite the masses.

TatuagemNo Gravatar says:

Hey :)
I was reading Alejandro’s blog got click happy and ended up here. Very nice blog. I don’t live in Argentina but am a big fan. Can’t give too much input on politics or empty promises…anyway, enjoy your highspeed and hopefully the “program” goes through if it’s worth it. Internet for everyone…not a bad idea.

Take care
MF

taosNo Gravatar says:

Hi there, MF,
Thanks for the positive feedback!
Saludos!

Handsome Taos says:

Glad to see you on TV THE OTHER DAY!….in channel 26 with Jorge Lanata.
Sad…that the interesting conversation got ….out, vanished??
Still you look great, a young intelligent professional. Good luck in your life
anonymous

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