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Blog // Connect Alaska

New Service in View for Alaska Villages

By Jeremy Thacker

High-speed Internet is entering new territory across Alaska! HughesNet recently introduced faster broadband service for many areas across the state through its new “Ka-band” satellite coverage. Many residents living on and off the road system can now choose the Hughesnet Alaska 500 plan, with speeds up to 5 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. That’s nearly three times the speed of Hughes’ current entry level Ku-band satellite Internet plans. The new Ka-band service is being offered through local providers like Microcom due to new spot-beam broadband capacity on Hughes’ AMC-15 satellite. Meantime, broadband provider GCI is now installing the last lines...

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Broadband Speeds – How Do Alaskan Businesses Stack Up?

By Dev Joshi

Today, broadband is a fundamental element for many business operations. A recent survey by Sage One shows that more than one in ten small businesses (with fewer than ten employees) use cloud-based services for their project management needs, and according to Connect Alaska’s 2011 Business Technology Assessment, Alaska businesses with broadband have median annual revenues approximately $200,000 higher than businesses that do not use broadband. Even though the businesses with broadband generate more revenue, Alaska businesses may not be getting as much from their broadband as businesses in other states. Alaska businesses that know their...

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New Money Available for Rural Broadband Expansion

By Jeremy Thacker

Rural residents may see new Internet service coming their way thanks to grant money from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Rural Development division just announced more than $10.3 million will be distributed among high-speed Internet providers. Interested providers must apply for the Community Connect grant program before June 18. The program already has several success stories to share, like the Tatitlek community on the Prince William Sound in Alaska. They are the kind of stories that are the reason Connect Alaska exists and why we’re working hard for the expansion of broadband access, adoption, and use across the...

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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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