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Executive order gives private property access to Puerto Rico repair workers

By on December 6, 2017

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló (Jaime Rivera/CB)

SAN JUAN – The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, signed Wednesday an executive order that grants electric power and telecom workers access to repair distribution and communication lines on private property to accelerate recovery work after Hurricane María.

With the order, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and telecommunications, cable, TV and data providers may use any means they deem necessary to access the properties and carry out the repair work.

The governor ordered the Public Security and Justice secretaries to instruct the Police and the attorney general’s office not to file charges against any Prepa, Telecommunications Regulatory Board (JRT) or USACE official, employee or contractor; nor against employees and contractors of the telecom, cable TV and data companies who are acting within the framework of authorization.

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The order also establishes that the “immediate access to electric power and telecommunications service points located on private property, especially those located at the back of properties, is essential for employees and contractors of Prepa, the Corps of Engineers and of the telecommunications, cable TV and data companies, to achieve the repair and reestablishment of electric power, telecommunications and data services throughout Puerto Rico.”

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