Communications Crisis in Puerto Rico
The ability to communicate during a disaster is a life-and-death issue.
In Puerto Rico, the collapse of the communications networks following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 contributed to the historic death toll: Between 3,000 and 5,000 people died.
Since then, Free Press has worked with Puerto Rican allies to hold the Federal Communications Commission and the federal government accountable. We also released a groundbreaking report documenting the FCC’s failures. We’re calling on the agency and Congress to investigate all of the factors that contributed to the communications crisis to prevent this kind of catastrophe from happening again.