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Blog // Connect Alaska

Connect Alaska Releases Updated Broadband Availability Estimates

By Ashley Littell

  Connect Alaska has released broadband availability estimates at the statewide and county levels using the most recently published 2010 Census household data. These availability estimates reveal that 8.6% of Alaska households do not have access to basic broadband service of at least 768 Kbps downstream and 200 Kbps upstream. In addition, the data show that 18.6% of Alaska households do not have access to higher speeds of at least 3 Mbps downstream and 768 Kbps upstream. Broadband data gathered and submitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for inclusion on the National Broadband Map in October...

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Broadband Map Goes Mobile

By Jeremy Thacker

  Great news today in our efforts to bridge the digital divide: We now have the ability to access the national broadband map on mobile devices! What does it mean for Connect Alaska? As we work with communities, organizations, and local providers to assess broadband needs, we use the national broadband map to help examine what areas lack availability and how we, along with our partners, can go about bringing more broadband options to those areas.  We're also very excited about our efforts to help build this map by contributing our own research and data to the project. We encourage you to check out the new functionality at www....

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Connect America Fund FAQ's Answered

By Phillip Brown

In the short time since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that begins reforming the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) by creating the Connect America Fund and phasing out the existing High-Cost Fund, Connected Nation has noticed a big increase in the interest among Connected Nation stakeholders in the broadband mapping process and how Connected Nation’s broadband data (which is submitted for use in the National Broadband Map) might be a factor in USF broadband deployment funding. To be sure, the National Broadband Map’s underlying data (and the data submissions Connected Nation provides for that)...

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TERRA-Southwest: One week away from an Alaska broadband revolution

By Jeremy Thacker

The excitement is building in the southwest region of the state. The town of Bethel and surrounding villages will soon be getting access to faster and more reliable high-speed Internet. The $88 million TERRA-Southwest project is just about complete and ready to officially go online. Governor Parnell helped test the system last week with great success. TERRA-Southwest is set to provide broadband service to 65 communities in the Bristol Bay and Yukon Kuskokwim Delta regions. That includes more than 9,000 households and 750 businesses. The broadband network is made up of fiber optic and microwave connections that are promised to be far...

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