Brazil moves ahead with smart grid plans

UPI, 10/17/2011

Brazil is moving ahead toward expansion of a smart grid network in the country despite huge disparities in the quality of housing available to Brazilians and continuing problems tackling illegal dwellings in slum sprawls in Rio de Janeiro, other major cities and rural areas.

With eyes on the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazil is keenly intent on brushing up its urban image and embark on modernization even where critics want more attention paid to the more basic shortfalls in living conditions.

Inequality in housing and income are some of the most glaring problems cited in the media but, critics claim, not tackled at the scale required to deal with the problem.

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