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Connect Alaska CAI Newsletter-March 2011

By CAK Staff

Download the Connect Alaska CAI Newsletter-March 2011 We need your participation in our CAI survey to provide data for our map! In addition, please forward this newsletter to others in your community who would be interested in participating in this survey. Take the survey here.Newsletter highlights:PROFILE: Anchorage School DistrictIn 2009, Mount Redoubt, an active volcano southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, began to show signs of eruption. Heather Sawyer, the executive director of communications with the Anchorage School District (ASD), tweeted students, “All ASD schools will be OPEN on Friday, March 27. There is a LIGHT ashfall...

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History-making broadband meeting now underway in Alaska

By CAK Staff

By Jeremy Thacker, Communications Specialist, Connect AlaskaConnect Alaska is celebrating a history-making milestone for the Last Frontier State. Friday, March 11, marks the first meeting of Alaska’s first-ever Broadband Task Force. The 21-person team was announced last month by Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) Commissioner Susan Bell and will support the department in its mission to expand quality broadband service throughout the state.“The inaugural convening of the new Broadband Task Force is especially significant in the state of Alaska where vast, rugged landscapes and remote, isolated...

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USDA rural broadband loan program updated

By CAK Staff

The USDA today released new information for applicants for its broadband loan program for rural areas. The program is designed to provide loans for the costs of construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment to provide broadband service to eligible rural communities. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA has issued a Notice of Solicitations of Applications and regulations implementing the 2008 Farm Bill for the broadband loan program.“Broadband investments are an essential part of the Obama Administration’s effort to ‘win the future’ by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building...

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