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Coalition Seeks Hill Probe of FCC's Hurricane Response

A coalition of 35 groups and individuals wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) today to urge congressional leaders to investigate what they said was the failure by the FCC to adequately probe the communications network failures in Puerto Rico after hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017.

"On the second anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the undersigned group of Puerto Rican advocates, racial-and social-justice organizations, and media and telecommunications advocacy groups urge Congress to use all of its oversight authorities to examine the recovery on Puerto Rico. Specifically, we write regarding the current status of recovery efforts related to the telecommunications infrastructure on the islands," the letter said. "Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. They destroyed much of the island's critical infrastructure, including its communication networks. The inability to communicate during and after the disaster contributed to the islands' historic death toll. It hampered recovery efforts, and prevented people from being able to seek help and access life-saving services.

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