11 National Parks in Costa Rica Will have Free Internet Service
By Laura Alvarado – February 19, 2019 Costa Rica News Ecotourism Parks Technology News
As part of the project “Connected Public Spaces” the Ministry of Science and Technology (MICITT), the Ministry of Environment(MINAE) and the Telecommunication Superintendence (SUTEL) signed an agreement to offer free internet connection in Costa Rican National Parks.
“Considering that Wildlife Protected Areas in the country are visited daily by hundreds of national and foreign tourists and are an engine of national economy authorities have signed an agreement to offer free internet access to National Parks (in priority), strengthening in this way the quality of the experience in these public spaces”.
“One of the fundamental elements where tourism, environmental conservation and digitization come together is at the National Parks”, reads the press release.
This service will begin at the Santa Rosa National Park, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, Tenorio Volcano, Arenal Volcano, Tortuguero, Cahuita, Poás Volcano, Irazú Volcano, Carara, Manuel Antonio and Marino Ballena National Parks.
It is expected that by 2021 free internet service is offered in these 11 Wildlife Protected zones. The coverage will allow the navigation of close to 100 people simultaneously with a speed of 6 Mbps and will be available 7 days a week 24 hours a day.
“Connected Public Spaces” also involves offering internet connection in parks, train stations, public libraries and civic centers bringing technology and information closer to the people through the development of a national network including 515 Free Internet Access Zones.