Biden-Harris administration awards Internet grant to university in Puerto Rico

Biden-Harris administration awards Internet grant to university in Puerto Rico

The US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded Universidad del Sagrado Corazón a US$2,978,187.00 grant from the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program (CMC).

“Connected communities create empowered communities, fostering economic growth and well-being,” said Don Graves, Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

“This grant will expand Universidad del Sagrado Corazón’s remote learning capacity and create new job and entrepreneurship opportunities.”

“La Universidad del Sagrado Corazón plays a critical role in getting affordable, reliable, high-speed Internet service – and the tools to use it – to its students and the surrounding community,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Alan Davidson. “With this grant, the university will increase Internet service speeds and provide digital skills training to its students so they can fully access the benefits Internet service brings.”

NTIA plans to finish awarding all remaining funding available under the Connecting Minority Communities program in the first quarter of 2023.

This grant will help fund Universidad del Sagrado Corazón’s ‘Accessing Broadband Connectivity (ABC): A Pilot Project Catalyst in a Hispanic Institution and Communities Setting’. The project aims to expand educational instruction and remote learning opportunities, spur economic development, and create opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship by building the high-speed Internet and digital capacity at Sagrado.

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