14 Jan 2009

American Samoa Governor says fibre optic cable in on track

11:48 am on 14 January 2009

American Samoa Governor says the undersea fibre optic cable project linking his territory to Hawaii is on track to be operating by the second half of this year.

Delivering his state of the territory address before the Fono, Togiola Tulafono, said that the cable ship will arrive next month to lay the undersea cable and by July it should be operational.

Negotiations are continuing with calls centers for possible locations and land leases.

Meanwhile, the Governor said despite the government finishing the fiscal year in the black, many necessary projects could not be implemented because there was not enough money.

Togiola's account of the government revenues differed from financial reports that House members reviewed during the special Fono session in December.

Those treasury reports showed that ASG spending way outpaced collections with a lot of appropriation measures still to be funded, an indication that ASG would finish the year with a deficit.