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Quintillion

Residents of five North Slope communities will soon have access to much faster internet connections, now that Anchorage-based Quintillion has activated its new, land- and sea-based fiber-optic cable network. Company officials say the Alaska system is the first part of a network that could eventually stretch from Europe to Asia, with Alaska at the midpoint.


Tim Ellis/KUAC

About 70 people turned out Thursday night for a meeting in Fairbanks to talk about the proposed Ambler Road project. That’s the 211-mile two-lane gravel roadway the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is proposing to build from the Dalton Highway to a mineral-rich site near the village of Ambler, in the northwest corner of the state. Backers of the project say it’ll create jobs and other economic benefits for the region and the state. Opponents say it’s a fiscal boondoggle that’ll bring pollution, disrupt habitat and harm subsistence hunting and fishing.


A big broadband leap forward in northern Alaska …


A presidential shout-out on Alaska’s high energy costs …


U.S. Air Force

President Obama begins his historic visit to Alaska today to promote his plan to respond to global warming in the place he says is “on the front lines of climate change.”