A 30 day state of emergency declared in the CNMI yesterday will allow the government to marshal resources to help fix a major communications outage.
The state of emergency was declared after a fibre optic cable was severed by a boulder cutting off all phone, internet, banking and other services to the outside world.
The service provider IT&E which owns the cable says it will foot the cable repair bill of 2-million US dollars.
Our Correspondent in the CNMI, Mark Rabago, says the acting governor is hoping the network will be fully restored soon.
"Ralph Torres ordered Homeland Security to form a Taskforce with IT&E, our service provider, to fix this problem as soon as possible. The emergency declaration basically helps the government marshal all [its] resources to this end."
IT&E says it still has no timetable for restoration of the network.