By Joel D. Pinaroc, Saipan Tribune

Docomo Pacific is eyeing to lay down a submarine cable for Saipan, Rota, and Tinian and has met with members of the CNMI Legislature about the project.

In a meeting Wednesday, Docomo officials and some members of the House of Representatives discussed the project, which involves a new submarine cable for the CNMI.

House Speaker Joseph P. Deleon Guerrero (Ind-Saipan) said Docomo is not just eyeing a Saipan-to-Guam submarine cable but one that also connects Rota and Tinian.

Rep. Joseph Lee Pan Guerrero (R-Saipan) said the government can also help Docomo by “fast tracking the permitting process” for the service provider.

“We cannot have that submarine cable outage again. Up to now, banking institutions are still recovering from that outage, and some businesses are still hurting,” Guerrero said.

The Senate earlier approved a resolution to assist Docomo with this project.

Senate Resolution 19-14 requests the assistance of the Office of the Governor in having the permit of Docomo Pacific “processed expeditiously so that Docomo Pacific can start its underground fiber optic network.”

S.R. 19-14 cited the recent breakdown of a submarine cable between Saipan and Tinian that caused a massive communications outage.

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