Sep 30, 2020
Focusing on the communications and information technology (IT) sector, the authors assess the damage caused in 2017 by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and present 33 courses of action that will both help the sector (and, more broadly, Puerto Rico) recover in a sustainable and resilient manner and support a digital transformation of Puerto Rico.
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After the devastating 2017 hurricane season, the U.S. Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center supported the congressionally mandated economic and disaster recovery plan, Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation: An Economic and Disaster Recovery Plan for Puerto Rico. This report contributes to the overall plan with a focus on the communications and information technology (IT) sector.
Researchers provide an introduction to the sector (brief history, key assets, prestorm conditions and challenges, and governance); assess damage and needs of the sector; and present 33 courses of action (COAs) for the recovery, rebuilding, and enhancement of the sector with an emphasis on developing and sustaining a resilient, state-of-the-art communications network and furthering the vision for the digital transformation of Puerto Rico.
Developed in consultation with a wide variety of stakeholders, including governmental entities, commercial providers, citizens, and municipalities, the COAs address many different (and sometimes competing) needs and also support and benefit COAs in other critical sectors, such as health and social services. The relationships among the communications and IT COAs are outlined. The estimated cost for these COAs is $3.2 billion. Potential sources of funding are also included in the report.
Introduction: The Communications/IT Sector in Puerto Rico
Damage and Needs Assessment
Resilient Public Telecommunications for Emergency Services and Continuity of Government
Partnering with the Private Sector for a Robust Telecommunications Infrastructure and Broadband Internet Deployment
Information Technology for Critical Infrastructure and for the Digital Transformation of Puerto Rico
Portfolios, Funding, Implementation, and Concluding Remarks
Illustration of the Methodology to Estimate the Costs of the Courses of Action for the Communications/IT Sector
Examples of Implementation Efforts, Opportunities, and Challenges After Delivery of the Recovery Plan
Full Description of the Courses of Action
HSOAC is a federally funded research and development center operated by the RAND Corporation under contract with DHS.