Seminar on Broadband Issues and Policies for Alaska
(Seminar is free, but requires pre-registration. See details at bottom of page.)
Many recent developments in telecommunications provide opportunities for Alaska, particularly for our rural communities.
- The National Broadband Plan emphasizes the need to extend access to broadband in rural America. Many of the changes in current subsidy programs and new funding programs for rural and remote areas are relevant for Alaska.
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established an Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP), which can help increase participation by Alaska Natives in programs and subsidies targeted at tribal and rural/remote regions.
- The Alaska State Broadband Task Force has completed its report, with recommendations for expanding broadband access throughout Alaska.
- Terrestrial broadband has been installed in Southwest Alaska and around Norton Sound to Nome, and is being extended to Kotzebue. Submarine cable may also provide