FCC wants nearly $1 billion to revamp Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands communications networks

March 6, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai proposed on Tuesday directing $954 million toward restoring and expanding communications networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands heavily damaged during the 2017 hurricane season. 

In September, 95 percent of cell sites were out of service in Puerto Rico and 75 percent in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pai said the funds are aimed at providing additional short-term assistance for restoring communications networks and longer-term support for expanding broadband access throughout the islands.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Diane Craft)