After some delays, with Phase 1 of the three-phase project nearing completion, Quintillion’s subsea cable will come to land in six communities — Nome, Kotzebue, Point Hope, Wainwright, Utqiagvik, and Prudhoe Bay — later this year at an undetermined date.
As springtime arrives in the sub-Arctic, the melting of our region’s ice cover is one of the clearest signs of the new season. It’s no surprise that ice — especially the lack of it — been a frequent subject of KNOM News’ recent stories.
A camp constructed by the U.S. Navy on a sea ice floe in the Arctic was evacuated last week, coinciding with a new record low sea ice extent.
Quintillion Starts Construction in Nome, Still on Schedule to Deliver High-Speed Internet in Early 2017
Construction crews began work on Tobuk Alley two weeks ago. They’ll move throughout Nome over the next three months.
This summer, Quintillion will lay undersea fiber optic cable from Prudhoe Bay to Nome. The project will bring high-speed internet to western Alaska by 2017.
Quintillion’s CEO is in Nome Thursday night to share more construction details with the public.
Now valued at more than $50 billion, the annual PFD payout is based on an average of the interest earned on the fund’s past five years of investments.
Delays in both the subsea Arctic cable, and a terrestrial cable along the Dalton Highway, could push the rollout of ultrafast broadband in rural Alaska to 2016 or beyond.
With Arctic activity escalating, the North Slope Arctic Borough is taking steps to protect its resources while developing its economy by moving to create a port authority.
In Thursday’s news: US Dept. of Interior considering taking AK tribal land into trust; North Slope oil spill draws attention to frequency of smaller chemical incidents;…