Brazil wants to expand broadband Internet access

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Posted: Jul 21, 2011 5:10 PM
Brazil wants to expand broadband Internet access

The Brazilian government says it plans to expand Internet access in Brazil with low-cost broadband service.

Paulo Bernardo Silva says that by 2014, the government wants Internet access to be available to 70 percent of Brazilian homes, compared with today's 27 percent.

Silva says Internet providers are expected to begin offering this access in 60 days, at speeds of at least one megabit per second for a monthly fee of 35 reals ($23).

He adds that by 2014, Brazil should be able to provide Internet speeds of at least five megabits per second.

The government plans to spend 10 million reals ($6.4 million) on infrastructure needed to expand broadband Internet access in the country.