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FCC Announces Near $1 Billion Plan to Restore Broadband in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today proposed close to $954 million toward restoring and expanding communications networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that were damaged and destroyed as a result of the 2017 hurricane. "The people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are still recovering from last year's devastating storms. That means the FCC's work is far from over," said Chairman Pai. ... With the 2018 hurricane season less than three months away, we need to take bold and decisive action." The proposed plan includes immediate infusion of approximately $64 million in additional funding for short-term restoration efforts and $631 million in long-term funding for the restoration and expansion of fixed broadband connectivity."

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