Alaska Communications

Alaska Directional

A Palmer-based telecommunications company has nearly completed a 300-mile-long fiber-optic cable network called AlCan ONE that stretches from North Pole to the border. From there, it’ll connect up with a new Canadian fiber-optic cable and become Alaska’s first all-terrestrial connection to the World Wide Web. And along the way, it’ll bring high-speed broadband to outlying Alaskan communities that until now have only had limited internet service.

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Alaska Communications is planning to repair or replace about 20 telephone poles that are slowly falling over along a swampy stretch of the Richardson Highway north of Delta Junction.  It’s a recurring problem that Alaska telecoms have dealt with for years. And there’s concern that climate change is likely to make it worse in the years ahead.