Amata Welcomes Broadband Study Funds for American Samoa

May 6, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming federal funds through the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a broadband study in American Samoa to aid in economic development strategy.

“Broadband capabilities can be a valuable tool for small businesses and job creation,” said Aumua Amata. “Our economic future in American Samoa will benefit from growth in areas of communications and technology access, so I’m pleased to welcome this timely study.”


Congresswoman Amata and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
Congresswoman Amata with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross


Specifically, the EDA is allocating $100,000 through the American Samoa Department of Commerce to fund a broadband strategy study to create the initiation, growth and development of knowledge-based industry in American Samoa.

Once completed, this EDA investment will improve the Territory’s ability to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the telecommunications industry, which can lead to businesses and the creation and preservation of jobs. The study will establish an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy to determine the overall market, investment, and expected outcome.

“I want to especially express my appreciation to Territorial Planner Michael McDonald, and congratulations to the American Samoa Department of Commerce and Director Keniseli Lafaele,” continued Congresswoman Amata. “Thank you to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and EDA’s leadership for recognizing this need in American Samoa, including Dr. John Fleming, the Assistant Secretary for Economic Development.”