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Verizon Announces Improved Mobile Broadband for Alaska

By Jeremy Thacker

Extended mobile broadband service is on its way to Alaska’s rural communities! That’s the news from Verizon Wireless as the company looks to partner with several rural carriers in the state. Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA) is one of those rural carriers. MTA’s Chief Executive Greg Berberich says that customers will be the real winners: “We are very excited about this partnership. Our decision to deploy LTE technology ensures that we will be able to offer our customers the same state of the art LTE network capabilities that are being deployed in larger urban markets in the United States and around the world. This will result in enhanced...

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Validating Alaska’s Broadband Service

By CAK Staff

Contributor: John Determan We hope you enjoyed our blog yesterday about the different broadband delivery methods.  If you haven't checked it out, do so now!  Today, we're looking at how our team goes about validating the different broadband methods to provide more accurate, useful mapping of broadband availability. Validation: Our team of engineers verifies each of these platforms above by going out into the field with tools, test equipment and data.  We spend countless hours determining how accurately each platform is represented on state maps.  This process is known as “provider validation.” While conducting a...

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Broadband Internet Access Basics

By CAK Staff

Contributor: John Determan We talk a lot about broadband and bringing it to more homes, businesses, and communities across the nation.  But do you know the different delivery methods for making that access and adoption possible?  If not, don't worry, you're not alone.   DSL, Wi-Fi, and Cable are terms that might look a little strange to someone who isn't paying close attention.  Want to know the differences between broadband delivery methods?  The following is a list of the major broadband delivery methods and how they work: Cable - In the mid 1990’s cable TV operators began upgrading their equipment to support new...

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