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Blog // Connect Alaska

100% of Alaska School Districts Submit Broadband Data for School Audit

By CAK Staff

Contributed by James Dunn – One hundred percent of Alaska school districts have submitted important information on broadband connectivity, wireless and wired network capacity, equipment, and district Wide Area Network connectivity as part of the Alaska School Broadband Audit initiative, a multi-faceted series of projects undertaken by Connect Alaska in partnership with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The Initiative is designed to provide the public, educators, and policymakers with a comprehensive picture of broadband connectivity and use at all public K-12 schools in Alaska. This response is...

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The Statewide Broadband Task Force Summit Recap

By Lyndsey Kleven

The Statewide Broadband Task Force and Connect Alaska hosted the state Broadband Task Force Summit on Tuesday, July 15. The Summit was designed to promote discussion about the task force report, including draft recommendations for education, public safety and e-commerce, and to discuss broadband access issues across Alaska. “We've worked hard for more than 36 months to understand the complexities of deploying 100 Mega bits per second to every Alaska household by 2020, to recognize the importance of the Arctic in future broadband deployment, and to offer meaningful funding options,” said Roberta Graham, task force member and former assistant...

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Begich Speaks about His Work on Rural Broadband in D.C.

By CAK Staff

During a recent episode of The Broadband Beat with Shirley Bloomfield, hosted by NTCA, Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) talked about how important broadband is to rural parts of Alaska. Rural broadband connectivity is crucial for healthcare, education, commerce, and for social reasons, said Begich. “If you don’t have high-speed broadband connectivity in your community, you’re going to be left out.”  He went on to identify the need for more capacity given its current uses in telemedicine and distance learning, and the amount of potential for future applications. Currently a member of the Commerce Committee, Begich said he is working with...

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Connect Alaska's Work Highlighted on White House Blog

By CAK Staff

Last week, Anne Neville, the Director of the State Broadband Initiative for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, visited Alaska and spent time with Connect Alaska, learning about its work to expand broadband adoption, access, and use in the state. Read more about the visit here.

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