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Federal government to invest $46.5m to boost high speed internet in coastal Alaska

Christian Fernsby |
The federal government announced it’s investing $46.5 million to bring high speed internet to communities across coastal Alaska.

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Topics: ALASKA   

That’s expected to improve internet speeds in Southeast Alaska and out as far as the Aleutians.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made the announcement Tuesday.

He said he understands Alaskans are isolated by geography.

“But when we get this high speed, broadband gigabit speed there, you’re going to be as connected as anyone on the mainland here in that regard,” Perdue said.

More than half of the federal money $25 million is going to a subsidiary of GCI to build about 800 miles of undersea fiber cable stretching from Kodiak Island, along the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Chain.

GCI is also spending $33 million of its own capital to complete the connection in 2022.

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