Telecommunications in Puerto Rico

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Telecommunications in Puerto Rico includes radio, television, fixed and mobile telephones, and the Internet.

Broadcasting in Puerto Rico is regulated by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).[1]


The Edificio del Telégrafo in Santurce, Puerto Rico was the first building for telecommunications use in PR and was built in 1947.[2]




Hurricane Maria destroyed the internet systems in Puerto Rico in September 2017.[7] Then in 2019, the US Federal Communications Commission stated $950 million had been approved for the rebuilding and strengthening of Puerto Rico's and the Virgin Island's internet infrastructure.[8]

Internet censorship and surveillance[edit]

Being a state dependency that controls the US territory, the country's Internet censorship is from the United States.

See also[edit]


  •  This article incorporates public domain material from the CIA World Factbook document: "2013 edition".
  1. ^ "Puerto Rico profile", BBC News, 23 May 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Edificio del Telégrafo" (in Spanish). 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  3. ^ "FM Query - FM Radio Technical Information - Audio Division (FCC) USA". Archived from the original on August 25, 2009.
  4. ^ "AM Query - AM Radio Technical Information - Audio Division (FCC) USA". Archived from the original on August 25, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Communications: Puerto Rico", World Factbook, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, 9 December 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  6. ^ Dialing Procedures (International Prefix, National (Trunk) Prefix and National (Significant) Number) (in Accordance with ITY-T Recommendation E.164 (11/2010)), Annex to ITU Operational Bulletin No. 994-15.XII.2011, International Telecommunication Union (ITU, Geneva), 15 December 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  7. ^ "After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's Internet Problems Go from Bad to Worse".
  8. ^ "FCC Invests $950 Million to Improve Broadband in Puerto Rico, USVI". Federal Communications Commission. September 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Calculated using penetration rate and population data from "Countries and Areas Ranked by Population: 2012" Archived 2017-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, Population data, International Programs, U.S. Census Bureau, retrieved 26 June 2013
  10. ^ "Percentage of Individuals using the Internet 2000-2012", International Telecommunications Union (Geneva), June 2013, retrieved 22 June 2013
  11. ^ a b c Puerto Rico summary, National Broadband Map, 31 December 2012.
  12. ^ Select Formats Archived 2009-05-13 at the Wayback Machine, Country IP Blocks. Accessed on 2 April 2012. Note: Site is said to be updated daily.
  13. ^ Population, The World Factbook, United States Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on 2 April 2012. Note: Data are mostly for 1 July 2012.

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