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Leading pese for Pata, Toomaga Iakopo, Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

(PATA, Falelatai, Samoa) – Facebook's importance in keeping Samoans connected with family members – is one of the issues addressed in pese that Pata village will present in celebration of Independence Day June 1, 2018.

Government officials have begun their inspections of pese and siva for Independence Day celebrations and visited Pata Wednesday, May 9. They were received at the guesthouse of Rev. Sisa Samuelu, leader of the Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa at Pata.


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Focus on Church: No more access to IG and 18 other sites and apps at Mormon meetinghouses.

(SAMOA) — Access to social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter will no longer be available inside meetinghouses of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

According to, the official Website of the LDS Church, a list of 19 social media and entertainment sites, and apps, appear on the list sent to Church leaders May 1, 2018.

“Non-Church-related internet use in meetinghouses often creates difficulty for those who are trying to use it for Church purposes,”...

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Facebook is under scrutiny for privacy concerns regarding their users' data.

by Tina Mata'afa-Tufele and Roy J.D. Hall III

(SAMOA) — Trust is something that simply cannot be quantified. The more end users learn about the data abuse enabled by Facebook, the social networking site that has become a verb in the global tele-communications vernacular, the more people of note are opting to bail.

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak has deactivated his account, telling the Associated Press Monday this week he had been thinking for a while of deleting his account and...

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(SAMOA) — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi says he is at a "crossroads" and "all options are open" as he continues to ponder the fate of the social media and Samoa.

Tuilaepa was responding to latest claims on the social media that he had authorized a $1 million tala reward for information that could lead to unmasking social media ghost writers and bloggers.

“There is no reward and I will never authorize such a reward,” refuted the Prime Minister....

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President Barack Obama at Facebook headquarters, town hall. 2011

(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) – There was no breach, only abuse, but just who the “bad actors” were will surprise you. It’s true that the Trump campaign used data provided by Cambridge Analytica to adjust their messaging and to identify electoral districts in battleground states that would be receptive to the campaign’s platform during the Republican primaries, and to a lesser degree some of the information may have been used later in the general election.

What did Cambridge Analytica...

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ASTCA set to BLAST through the Digital Glass Ceiling at 200 Gbps. (ASTCA Marketing/FB)

(New Zealand, 28 March 2018) - Six years after substantive work began on the U.S. Federally funded Fiber to the Home (FTTH) project in American Samoa, named the Broadband Linking the American Samoa Territory or BLAST project, the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) is preparing to land a spur from the transpacific Hawaiki Submarine cable in the middle part of 2018 in order to supply the Authority with 200 Gbps of Internet capacity.

Prior to 2018 only 30%-35% of homes...

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TE Subcom Reliance Class Fleet Image

As a telecommunications consultant and professional, there is a marked difference in the quality of Internet access between “mobile” and “fixed” access points and devices, especially when it comes to “wealth” indicators and influencers. In a paper authored by Martin Hilbert (Universtiy of Southern California, “Mapping the dimensions and characteristics of the world’s technological communication capacity during the period of digitization”, he identified...

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Hawaiki Submarine Cable

Addressing Backhaul Costs and Customer Experience

In 2012 an article by Calabrese, Calarco, and Richardson entitled, “The Most Expensive Internet in America” made its rounds via the various news networks, and was shared thousands of times on social media. The general response was righteous indignation that these remote...

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Groundbreaking ceremony, Hawaiki subsea cable beach landing, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand (UPDATED 21 March 2018)- This is intended to be Part 1 in a series of articles on the changes coming to American Samoa because of Hawaiki's subsea cable.
To say that it has been a long 6 years since we first heard rumors of a new subsea cable project in our little corner of the South Pacific would be an understatement. At the time that we heard the first rumors we were skeptical. In 2011 I was working for the American Samoa Telecommunication Authority (ASTCA) as a...

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In today's world of technology we don't question that Electricity and Water should be metered and charged according to usage, but with data plans the Holy Grail of data plans is the "Unlimited" plan, and every modern, sophisticated consumer expects to eventually be able to be able to purchase unlimited data or receive it for free. This expectation is so pervasive that it has worked its way into the strategic planning for telecommunications operators around the world.

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