US seeks fiber-optic cable for Guantanamo Bay

July 6, 2012

The U.S. military hopes to install a $40 million underwater fiber-optic cable that could improve communications at Guantanamo Bay, a military official said Thursday.

The goal is to bring the infrastructure of the naval base up to par with other government agencies, said Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, a spokesman for the Guantanamo military commissions.

Currently, the base relies on a single satellite for its communications system.

“It feels like the sort of dial-up Internet that we had in the 90s,’’ Breasseale said. “It’s a very limited bandwidth.’’