By Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald
August 24, 2017

GUANTANAMO NAVY BASE, CUBA The Pentagon has awarded a Texas firm a $43 million contract to build a 750-mile underwater fiber-optic cable between this remote Navy base in Cuba and Puerto Rico.

It is a backup spur to one linking Guantánamo to Dania Beach in South Florida that went live in early 2016.

The Defense Information Systems Agency disclosed the non-competitive contract was awarded to Xtera Inc. in Allen, Texas, the firm that put in the original 950-mile underwater link and subsequently filed for bankruptcy. It should be up and working by Aug. 21, 2019.

The first cable was predicted to cost $40 million; but subsequent disclosures suggested it was actually done for about $35 million.

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