Satellite industry targets Spain

Hispasat has launched its #enREDatupueblo initiative, to award one unconnected town in Spain with a year’s free satellite broadband connectivity.
To be eligible for the project, the town has to be unconnected to a fibre-to-the-home network with no plans of reaching such connectivity within the next three years.

The initiative is highlighting one of the most important technology gaps among Spaniards. While cities are being rapidly connected to fibre networks, 2,682 towns have no Internet access, over 4,000 municipalities have an average broadband connection under 30Mbps, and 600,000 homes have 2Mbps or less.

The towns interested in the #enREDatupueblo initiative are asked to explain – via video, photo, voice or text – the benefits of improving their connectivity. These need to be submitted to Hispasat before the end of April. The finalists will be announced on World Information Society Day on 17 May.