O3b Networks, the mid altitude broadband satellite provider, notes in its January 2013 blog:
The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) and O3b also struck a recent deal to provide up to 1.2Gbps of future broadband connectivity to an island nation currently served by a single submarine fiber cable and expensive conventional satellite services. On the very first day the O3b fleet is operational, ASTCA will double its broadband capacity, dramatically improve network speeds, affordability and the overall Internet experience across American Samoa.
Coupled with the United States Department of Agriculture stimulus grant award:
APPLICANT NAME American Samoa Telecommunications Authority
PROJECT TYPE Last Mile Remote
FEDERAL AWARD LOAN $10,000,000
FEDERAL AWARD GRANT $81,034,763
PROJECT DESCRIPTION Project will provide true broadband services to every household, business, and critical institution in American Samoa
Three economic development projects are underway in the US Territory designed to utilize high speed broadband tied to cloud computing servers for real time data backhaul.
American Pacific University
High Tech Start Up Incubators