Liberty Communications of Puerto Rico LLC
Liberty
TypePrivate
IndustryTelecommunications
PredecessorCable TV of Greater San Juan
Adelphia Puerto Rico
OneLink Communications
TCI Cable
Puerto Rico Cable Acquisition
Pegasus Cable TV
Centennial Cable TV
Choice Cable TV
Founded1999; 23 years ago (1999)
HeadquartersSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Area served
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands (Mobile telephony only)
ServicesBroadband
Telephone
Television
Mobile telephony
OwnerLiberty Latin America
Websitewww.libertypr.com

Liberty Communications of Puerto Rico LLC (d/b/a Liberty) is a telecommunications company that provides broadband Internet access, VoIP, television and wireless services covering the entire island of Puerto Rico (wireless in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands). The company is headquartered in San Juan and has over 145,000 television subscribers[citation needed] and 88,000 data customers.[citation needed].

History

During its existence as OneLink Communications, the company was owned by MidOcean Partners and Crestview Partners, which paid $250 million in June 1998 to buy the property from Adelphia. On June 25, 2012, it was rumored that Liberty Global might buy OneLink for $560 million USD.[1] The rumors proved true, as Liberty Global acquired Onelink.[2]

Liberty announced on December 27, 2012, that OneLink customers would no longer have a capped Internet; the previous limit was 40 GB per month, and it is now unlimited. Naji Khoury, executive director of Liberty Puerto Rico, said, "The use of the Internet has increased significantly in Puerto Rico and having access to it easy and rapidly has become a necessity in the daily life of Puerto Ricans."[3]

On November 7, 2013, Liberty Puerto Rico announced that it would phase out the OneLink Communications brand, as well as the Choice Cable TV brand in November 2013, replacing it with Liberty. The same day, the company introduced a new logo.

It is wholly owned by Liberty Latin America following the split of Liberty Latin America from Liberty Global effective December 29, 2017[4] and the acquisition of the remaining 40% minority stake from Searchlight Capital partners on October 17, 2018 [5]

On October 9, 2019, Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico's parent company (Liberty Latin America), announced the acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, in a $1.95 billion deal. The sale was completed on November 2, 2020.[6][citation needed] In May 2021, the company began promoting AT&T and Liberty as a unified brand. Also, during September 2021 Liberty began phasing out the AT&T brand and introduced a new logo.

Internet service upgrade history

References

  1. ^ Kantrow, Michelle. "Liberty mulling OneLink acquisition". News Is My Business. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Liberty y OneLink formarán la compañía de cable más grande en PR". Noticias Liberty. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Liberty elimina límite de Internet a clientes de OneLink". Noticel. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  4. ^ https://www.libertyglobal.com/pdf/press-release/LLA-Press-Release-Completion-of-Split-off.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ http://www.lla.com/PDF/press-release/LLA-Acquires-Minority-Searchlight-Stake-in-LCPR.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ "AT&T completes sale of some Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands assets for $1.95B". 2 November 2020.
  7. ^ "PuertoRico Site". shop.libertypr.com. Retrieved 2021-12-07.