Alaska Communications Expands Broadband Offerings for Rural Customers

Alaska Communications today announced it has entered into an agreement to provide support solutions to Nome-based Kawerak, a regional non-profit corporation, by offering competitive, high-speed broadband. This agreement will address the extremely high prices and substantial bandwidth constraints previously faced by the Bering Strait Regional corporation.

“Many businesses in the Arctic regions have offices in Anchorage and other metropolitan communities. Having access to competitive, high-speed broadband will allow them to connect without limits,” said Bill Bishop, Alaska Communications’ senior vice president, Business Markets. “Businesses can become more efficient and effective because they won’t be constrained by shared networks, slow connectivity and data caps. “

In addition to its work in Nome, Alaska Communications is bringing new services to Utqiaġvik, Kotzebue, Point Hope and Wainwright. For the first time, native corporations, government agencies, health care clinics, schools and businesses now can access competitive, high-speed, reliable broadband and managed IT services. Additionally, high-speed, reliable broadband is now available through a new fiber-optic network installed by Quintillion which connects two undersea fiber optic cable networks.

The connection increases capacity and builds redundancy on the subsea fiber optic system, which allows Alaska Communications to expand broadband and managed IT service offerings to Arctic region businesses. Previously, only high-cost microwave and satellite were available from a sole provider.

The new network will initially only be available to business customers and select telecom carriers. Alaska Communications intends to work with local exchange carriers in each community to bring high-speed broadband opportunities to homes.

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