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Recent News

Below are the latest news stories and press releases from Connect Alaska.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Alaska’s Campaign to Get Faster Internet to Its Most Remote Schools — Where Even Dial-Up Is a Luxury

The only way to visit the Pribilof School District is by airplane. On two islands — St. Paul and St. George — 800 miles from Anchorage, Alaska in the south Bering Sea, the district encompasses two schools with a combined 78 pupils from kindergarten to 12th grade.   The Pribilofs, once called the Northern Fur Seal Islands, are home...
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Press Release: Connect Alaska Releases Comprehensive Report Detailing Broadband Expansion Work

Documenting Infrastructure Gaps and Alaska School Broadband Audit Among Grant Program Highlights   Anchorage, AK – Today, Connect Alaska released the Connect Alaska Final Grant Report which highlights the successes of the five year State Broadband Initiative grant program undertaken in partnership with the Department of Commerce, Community,...
Friday, May 29, 2015

Connect Alaska School Broadband Audit Report Details Substantial Broadband Gap in Alaska Public Schools

Validated data from all districts and nearly all schools document that 93% of K-12 schools do not meet the national benchmark for education connectivity Anchorage, AK – Today, Connect Alaska released its Final Report for the Alaska School Broadband Audit. The Audit finds that 93% of surveyed Alaskan K-12 schools do not meet the national benchmark...
Thursday, February 19, 2015

New Study Shows a Growing Need for Broadband Access in Alaska Classrooms

Rural schools relying on broadband, but most say current bandwidth is insufficient Read the Report Anchorage, AK: Nearly three-quarters of rural educators in Alaska – 73% – report that a lack of adequate broadband limits the educational opportunities they offer their students, and a majority of rural schools in Alaska need additional funding...
Monday, September 22, 2014

Connect Alaska, Hays Research Group to Measure School Broadband Needs

From WNEM-TV: Connect Alaska announced today that it will work with Hays Research Group to assess technology needs in Alaskan schools. Hays, an Anchorage based research company, has over 13 years of experience in data collection and analysis, focusing on the unique challenges inherent in collecting data in Alaskas remote areas. Read more from...
Monday, September 22, 2014

News Release: Connect Alaska, Hays Research Group to Measure School Broadband Needs

Connect Alaska will work with Hays Research Group to Study Technology Needs in Alaskan Schools Anchorage, AK — Connect Alaska announced today that it will work with Hays Research Group to assess technology needs in Alaskan schools. Hays, an Anchorage–based research company, has over 13 years of experience in data collection and analysis, focusing...
Thursday, May 08, 2014

News Release: Connected Nation Releases New Training Platform to Boost Digital Learning

‘Drive’ Portal Unveiled at SHLB Conference in DC Watch Drive Video Access Drive WASHINGTON, DC – This week during the SHLB Coalition's 2014 Annual Conference Connected Nation is promoting the launch of its new digital learning platform called Drive: Your Digital Learning Hub. The Drive learning platform is aimed at closing...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NTIA Brings Broadband Opportunities to Alaska

From Anne Neville, posted on the Whitehouse.gov and The U.S. Department of Commerce.blogs ...With funding from NTIA's State Broadband Initiative Program, Connect Alaska has partnered with the Association of Alaska School Boards to host a series of local technology workshops in a handful of bush villages... Connect Alaska also uses NTIA...
Thursday, August 08, 2013

Broadband Task Force Releases Blueprint for Alaska’s Broadband Future

From the State of Alaska, Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development: The Statewide Broadband Task Force today released its plan and recommendations for deploying high speed broadband across the state, saying that to be competitive in today’s global environment every Alaska household should have access to 100 Megabits per second (...
Monday, June 24, 2013

News Release: Connected Nation Pilots New Mobile Learning Model with AT&T, Edmodo, Kno, and Samsung

Pilot Results Find Students, Parents and Teachers Say Mobile Approach Enhances Learning Experience DALLAS, TX, June 24, 2013 — Connected Nation, a non-profit organization committed to bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to schools, recently facilitated a trial in collaboration with AT&T, Edmodo,...