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October 2, 2017

Keeping Satellite links to themselves: Corporations Across Puerto Rico Have Done Little or Nothing to Help

By Dave Lindorff

By Dave LindorffDespite the fact that most of the US corporations that have plants or offices in Puerto Rico dotted all over the 140-mile X 40-mile island, and that many of them have working phones and internet thanks to emergency continuity plans that include generators and satellite phone and wifi links, none have offered to share this capability with locals desperate to contact relatives for help or to assure them of their safety.Many of thes ...

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Despite the fact that most of the US corporations that have plants or offices in Puerto Rico dotted all over the 140-mile X 40-mile island, and that many of them have working phones and internet thanks to emergency continuity plans that include generators and satellite phone and wifi links, none have offered to share this capability with locals desperate to contact relatives for help or to assure them of their safety.

Many of these companies like Medtronic, Univision, Destilería  Serrallés  (makers of Don Q Rum), DowDuPont, AstraZeneca, Merck, Industrias Vassallo, Puerto Rico Iron Works, Walmart, and banking firms like Triple-S Management and First Bancorp, certainly have such satellite services. Why aren't they making them available, especially given the PR-potential such relatively low-cost community assistance would offer?



Authors Website: http://www.thiscantbehappening.net

Authors Bio:

Dave Lindorff, winner of a 2019 "Izzy" Award for Outstanding Independent Journalism from the Park Center for Independent Media in Ithaca, is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper www.thiscantbehappening.net. He is a columnist for Counterpunch, is author of several recent books ("This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy" and "Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Penalty Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal"). His latest book, coauthored with Barbara Olshanshky, is "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office (St. Martin's Press, May 2006).


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