The deployment of broadband internet networks via fiber optics will reach 26 of the poorest municipalities in the country free of charge, in the first stage of a large project being executed by the government through the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel).
The initiative is being executed with financing from the Inter-American Bank (IDB) of US$80 million and will bring quality internet to underprivileged areas including some 136 municipal districts throughout the country.
During the ceremony held at the National Palace, the mayors of these places pledged to support the project, which will benefit 250,000 households in the selected districts. Most of these are located in the southern region and the border area.
The project consists of the deployment of internet access networks nationwide, specifically fiber optic networks that will reach poor homes in the beneficiary communities.
The details of the ambitious internet connectivity plan were offered by Indotel president, Nelson Arroyo, who highlighted that the first stage will impact thousands of inhabitants of the municipalities of Guayabal, Tábara Arriba, Las Yayas de Viajama, Pueblo Viejo, in Azua; Los Ríos, in Bahoruco; Las Salinas, Jaquimeyes, Polo, La Ciénaga and Fundación, in Barahona.
He said it will also benefit the communities of Restauración and El Pino, in Dajabón; Bánica, Pedro Santana, El Llano, Hondo Valle and Juan Santiago, in Elías Piña; La Descubierta, Postrer Río, Mella, Cristóbal, in Independencia; Oviedo, in Pedernales; Los Cacaos, in San Cristóbal; Rancho Arriba, in San José de Ocoa; Vallejuelo and Bohechío, in San Juan. Arroyo made a formal launching of the first stage of the “Improving Connectivity for Digital Transformation” project in an activity headed by Minister José Ignacio Paliza.