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  • Writer's pictureBy Pacific Island Times News Staff

Governor signs law authorizing GTA's submarine cable license

GTA TeleGuam is now authorized to install submarine cable at Alupang in Tamuning by virtue of a new law authorizing commecial submerged land agreement between the government of Guam and the carrier.

The GTA license was authorized by Bill 36-36, which Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero signed into law Tuesday. Introduced by Sen Joe San Agustin, the bill bill is now Public Law 36-46.

“Bill 36-36 was substituted by the committee on land on July 22, after many hours of painstaking research to ensure that Guam is represented fairly for territorial submerged leases and rights of way moving forward, consistent with industry practices globally," Speaker Therese Terlaje said.

"It is my hope that Public Law 36-46 will be a milestone for the advancement of telecommunications on Guam. I fully support the effort to afford opportunities to expand global connectivity through our island with the advancement of the lease of submerged lands and rights of way that is safe for our environment and most importantly, fair for beneficiaries of the CHamoru Land Trust and for all the people of Guam," she added.

Terlaje said proceeds from the license agreement authorized will go toward the development of infrastructure on CLT property.

"I will continue to work diligently to protect our fragile coral reefs, our ocean biodiversity, and its surrounding ecosystem. I will continue the work to establish and protect viable sources of revenue and funding by converting this potential into sustainable agriculture and affordable housing," she added.

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