FCC Votes Unanimously to Give Up to $76.9 Million for Restoring Communication Services in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

While the FCC was marked by partisan politics earlier this week, when the Senate confirmed Republican Chairman Ajit Pai for another 5-year term, today the regulatory body acted in a bipartisan fashion, voting unanimously to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With communication infrastructure a crucial element in the recovery from Hurricane Maria, the FCC voted unanimously to provide up to $76.9 million in relief funds.

The money will go toward restoring service across the island territories. The initiative will immediately provide carriers with up to seven months of support from the FCC’s Universal Service Fund, which helps lower the cost of deploying service in areas that are costly to serve. Any of the funds can be used to repair telecom infrastructure and restore service to customers.

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