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DOC BROADBAND iNEI GRANTS AWARDED TO SUPPORT BROADBAND EXPANSION



01.18.23 News Release - DOC Broadband iNEI Grants
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HISTORIC INVESTMENTS TO HELP CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE


The American Samoa Department of Commerce has awarded a total of $9,500,000 in ARPA funds to

local internet service providers in support of the territory’s efforts to respond to and prepare for

future public health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.


The COVID-19 public health emergency has underscored the importance of universally available,

high-speed, reliable, and affordable broadband coverage as millions of Americans rely on internet for

work, education, healthcare, and many other essential services.


“We saw first-hand how critical broadband and internet service was, and has been, as the territory

went into lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.” said DOC Director Petti

Matila. “Businesses, schools, government agencies, and families across the territory relied heavily on

the internet to maintain continuity and some semblance of normalcy as we worked through the

pandemic. The staggering increase in usage brought to light the urgent need to support

improvements across the territory’s telecommunications infrastructure, and thanks to the American

Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, we were able to secure grant funds to develop the DOC Broadband iNEI

program.” said Director Matila. The Broadband iNEI (information Network for Expansion & Inclusion)

Initiative is an island wide initiative aimed at encouraging the immediate transition to all things

digital.


The following projects were awarded Broadband iNEI Grants:


Manu’a Broadband Continuity

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority, or ASTCA, has been awarded $2,800,000 to

support the immediate repairs and upgrades to the interisland submarine fiberoptic cable. The

project will restore services to the outer islands and add armoring and protection to the undersea

cables.


5G Network Upgrade

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority, or ASTCA, has been awarded $3,350,000 to

support the deployment of a 5G network to achieve the goal of providing internets speeds of 100/100

Mbps to all residents.


5G Network Upgrade

BlueSky American Samoa has been awarded $3,350,000 to support the deployment of a 5G network

to achieve the goal of providing internets speeds of 100/100 Mbps to all residents.


For more information on the ARPA DOC BROADBAND iNEI PROGRAM, please contact the Department

of Commerce – Broadband Coordination Office at BCORD@doc.as.gov or follow us on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/amsamoabcord.


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