30 Nov '17, 4pm

109 Microwave Towers Bring the Internet to Remote Alaska Villages

109 Microwave Towers Bring the Internet to Remote Alaska Villages

To build anything in Alaska requires a certain amount of fortitude. Looking back, GCI’s Markley says, “there have been lots of times where we were thinking, ‘Are we actually going to be able to do this?’ ” No other company had ever thought it economically feasible to deliver terrestrial Internet to this remote part of Alaska. If TERRA had been built in the contiguous United States, it would stretch from Washington, D.C. to Seattle. But it will serve about as many customers as live in Twin Falls, a small city in Idaho. TERRA was made possible by a patchwork of federal grants, loans, and subsidies. Heather Handyside , GCI’s communications director, acknowledges TERRA wouldn’t have been built without the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , signed into law in 2009. Through it, the federal government contributed $82 million in grants and loans to the $300 million project. ...

Full article: https://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/wireless/109-microwave-...

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