Amata Welcomes $335,000 in Federal Technology Support

November 9, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming $335,000 in federal support for the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security.

These funds are derived from the Congressional mandate to create a nationwide public safety broadband network for police, firefighters, emergency medical response and other public safety professionals. The funds are distributed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, led by Secretary Wilbur Ross.

“A special thank you to everyone involved in these efforts, and especially our law enforcement and first responders,” said Aumua Amata. “This investment in technology and communications fits an area of need here in American Samoa.”

Specifically, these funds are from NTIA’s congressionally mandated State and Local Implementation Grant program, which assists jurisdictions with implementing, using, updating and integrating various infrastructure and equipment for wireless broadband and data services.

“Congratulations to our American Samoa Department of Homeland Security, and Director Samana Semo Ve'ave'a,” continued Congresswoman Amata. “Thank you once again to Secretary Ross and the NTIA for these resources.”