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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Northern Mariana Islands)

DoCoMo Pacific, Inc. will receive $3,806,235 over ten years to bring reliable, reasonably priced, broadband service to designated areas on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota—good news for residents without high-speed internet access. DoCoMo is one of 180 winning bidders of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction, the Federal Communications Commission announced Monday. Funding terms require DoCoMo to offer broadband services to 80 percent of the coverage area by the end of the fifth year. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of high speed internet access for distance learning, telehealth, and business activities, as social distancing requirements have forced a shift in-person to on-line. Congratulations to DoCoMo.