Ajit Pai calls for the FCC to devote almost $1 billion for telco infrastructure restoration in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Island

6 Mar 2018

Ajit Pai, the chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, proposed to direct approximately $954 million USD toward restoring and expanding communications networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Networks on both islands were damaged and destroyed during the 2017 hurricane season.

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The telecommunications infrastructure is a physical medium through which all Internet traffic flows. Therefore, there are number of related policy issues including reaching out to end user - especially in the rural and remote areas, liberalisation of the telecommunication and services market, investments in the development of further intercontinental fibre backbone links, and the establishment and harmonisation of the technical standards. Since the telecommunication infrastructure is predominantly privately owned, there is a strong interplay of corporate sector, governments and international organisations in global debates.

 

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