Broadband coming to rural Alaska, one step at a time

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If you live in rural Alaska, and that would include much of the Mat-Su Borough, better Internet and even broadband is coming your way.

In one development, GCI has taken an important step in its plan to build a $53 million subsea fiber-optic cable along the Aleutians, connecting Unalaska, a major fisheries port, along with six small coastal communities, to an existing fiberoptic network at Kodiak.

The key subsea route survey for the cable is now complete, which ensures that its 860-mile route is free of underwater hazards. Construction is set to begin next spring and the system will be operation in late 2022. GCI, a long-time Alaska telecommunications firm,

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