With the FCC’s new “Alaska Plan,” a GCI rep says, “Alaska carriers will be able to… bring Alaskans the kind of service that people in the Lower 48 take for granted.”
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.
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.
Canada’s Arctic Fibre is building the fiber backbone, while Anchorage-based Quintillion Networks will link the fiber optic pipeline to local telecoms in Nome and elsewhere.
In Monday’s news: Shell’s drilling rig Nobel Discoverer arrives in the Chukchi amid uncertain weather; telecommunication problems in Wales trouble residents, organizations for more than a month; Coast Guard suspends search for crewmen missing after fishing vessel sinks near Kodiak Island; strong Yukon River chum salmon runs sees a single pulse of over 200,000 fish two weeks ago; 66-year-old pilot George Vonderheide killed in single-engine plane crash near Homer; and Sitka’s “Brewery Bandit,” Carl Liberty, charged with burglary and theft from Baranof Island Brewery.