CNMI state of emergency to gather resources

3:11 pm on 16 July 2015

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.

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