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Company to government: Pay or we'll cut Northern Marianas cable

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Staff Writer | April 27, 2018
Docomo Pacific
Pacific   The fibre optic cable that connects Tinian and Rota to Saipan

A telecommunications company in the Northern Marianas is threatening to cut the fibre optic cable that connects Tinian and Rota to Saipan if the government fails to provide $1.3 million it promised to pay for the service.

Under a memorandum of agreement signed with the CNMI government in 2016, Docomo Pacific agreed to include Tinian and Rota in connecting their fibre optic cable 'ATISA' at a fee of $650,000 per island.

Earlier this week, the House of Representative included the $1.3 million commitment to the telco in the $15 million appropriations bill that also gave $7 million to the CNMI Judiciary to fix its mould and air-conditioning problems.

The legislation still needs to be passed by the senate and supported by the governor.


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