By Guy de Teramond
The global Internet is a powerful instrument for the change and development of society. To take advantage of the extraordinary possibilities of modern technologies and accomplish significant progress on fundamental issues such as education, health, e-government and e-commerce, an eficient cyber-infrastructure is required to allow real access to all citizens. Integration of the country’s commercial sector to the world economy depends on broad and reliable access to information and communication technologies. Following the deployment in the early 90’s of internetworking technologies under the leadership of the academic sector, the Ministry of Science and Technology of Costa Rica proposed an ambitious initiative in 2000, the Advanced Internet Project, to bring broadband access throughout the country using an advanced IP network infrastructure.