Ecuador invests nearly eleven million dollars in connecting 54 communities

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Quito, Jun 22 (EFE) .- The Ecuadorian government and private companies have invested, in less than a month, about eleven million dollars to connect 54 communities in nine provinces through the internet, within a connectivity plan for areas historically lagging behind the service, it was officially reported this Tuesday.

It is one of the government mechanisms that began on May 24 to reduce inequality gaps, the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society said in a statement.

“The ‘Ecuador of the Meeting’ seeks that: more opportunities for everyone. Together we are achieving it,” said the president, Guillermo Lasso, during the presentation of the plan to provide Internet connectivity for areas historically lagging behind in this vital service.

From the city of Nueva Loja, in the province of Sucumbíos (on the border with Colombia), fourteen new Internet points were enabled simultaneously, in addition to the forty already optimized by the administration.

“In just 21 days of management, the ‘Government of the Encounter’ has transformed the lives of the inhabitants of a total of 54 communities in the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabí, Pichincha, Tungurahua, Chimborazo, Bolívar, Napo, Orellana and Sucumbíos; by guaranteeing access to this service “, reads the letter.

“We are going to close the inequality gaps under firm commitments. Together with private companies, we are investing almost 11 million dollars for the connectivity of these parishes,” Lasso reported.

Albeiro Mendua, representative of the Cofán Dureno community, benefited from this government intervention, congratulated the “predisposition and political will” of the current government, which will end in 2025.

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“Thank you for keeping your word and rest assured that we will join this ‘Ecuador of the Encounter’,” he said in reference to the current administration’s slogan.

This decision seeks to expand digital coverage to build a modern country synchronized with the technological demands of the 21st century, the Ministry indicated.

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