17 Jun 2013

American Samoa broadband project back on track

7:22 am on 17 June 2013

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority says the Broadband Linking the American Samoa Territory or BLAST Project has been restarted after it was delayed for almost a year.

The more than $95 million US dollar project is funded by a grant from the US Department of Agriculture, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

A statement from the Authrity's board says CEO Moefa'auo Bill Emmsley has resolved major issues relating to the project and the BLAST contract is back on track and moving forward.

Under the project, the Authority will replace old deteriorating legacy copper infrastructure with a robust and weather-durable fiber cables that will link the islands of American Samoa.

This would make it possible to provide true broadband services to every household, business and critical institutions throughout the territory.