Brazil proposes South American broadband network

November 29, 2011
Brazilian internet users at a cybercafe in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2010. Brazil on Tuesday proposed the creation of a fiber optic broadband connection network linking all South American countries to bring down the cost of Internet and cellular phone access.

Brazil on Tuesday proposed the creation of a fiber optic broadband connection network linking all South American countries to bring down the cost of Internet and cellular phone access.

Addressing his fellow South American communications ministers, Brazil's Paulo Bernardo said the goal was to build "a ring of South American " linking all countries of the region.

He noted that many regional countries were communicating with each other via the United States.

"It is an issue easy to resolve..It would cost $60 million (45 million euros). We could do it in two years," he added.

"Connection costs for South American users represent on average between 35 and 40 percent of the total price of the service," Bernardo said.

"An in South America pays, in the best of cases, three times more for the connection than in the United States. This situation must change urgently," he added.

The minister cited a Brazilian study indicating that a drop of four dollars in connection costs in Brazil would mean Internet access for an additional three million households.

"We have to create a South American solution for optic communication," he added.

Meanwhile, Colombia's Maria Emma Mejia, the secretary general of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), said it was important to involve the private sector in the initiative.

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ScienceFreak86
not rated yet Nov 29, 2011
"It is an issue easy to resolve..It would cost $60 million (45 million euros). We could do it in two years,"

Only 60mln$? I can't believe that, why they didn't do this earlier? 60mln for a bunch of governments is almost nothing.
Justsayin
1 / 5 (1) Nov 29, 2011
because the other billion in costs will be hidden and paid for by government grants and subsidies from the USA

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