SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -

The U.S. military hopes to install a $40 million underwater fiber-optic cable to improve communications at Guantanamo Bay.

A spokesman for the Guantanamo military commissions says the cable would run 800 miles (1,290 kilometers) from Guantanamo Bay to South Florida. Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale said Thursday that the system could start operating within two years.

The base currently relies on a single satellite and technicians have to constantly reroute bandwidths to meet the needs of various organizations based in Guantanamo.

Cuban authorities have been notified about the project, and the survey ship USNS Zeus is expected to arrive at the naval base in upcoming weeks.

   The fiber-optic cable project is proposed in the fiscal 2013 budget and would require congressional approval.