Glaciers, Wilderness and Now Broadband: Rural Alaska Gets Connected

The northernmost point in the U.S., Utqiagvik, AK, (formerly Barrow) now has faster broadband, clocking 25/5 mbps. Telecompetitor reported the feat was made possible by a partnership between Quintillion and Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative (ASTAC).

“Today, we are proud to begin the launch of our Home Internet 25+,” said Jens Laipenieks, ASTAC CEO/General Manager. “This new offering will provide the speeds needed for families who continue to work and do schooling from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Since January 2018, ASTAC has installed over 62 miles of fiber networks connecting nearly 2,200 locations. During that same time, Quintillion has laid over 1,600 miles of cable off the Alaskan Coast and down the Dalton Highway. According to ASTAC, 85 percent of North Slope residences now have access to an end-to-end fiber-optic broadband connection in conjunction with Quintillion’s subsea fiber optic cable network. Telecompetitor reported that the Home Internet 25+ is also more affordable than current options, costing $75 less per month. 

According to Quintillion CEO George Tronsrue III, “Quintillion is proud to partner with ASTAC to bring fast, reliable, and affordable internet to these North Slope communities. Our subsea fiber network was built to help improve the lives of rural Alaska residents. These new services will do that and come at a time when they are needed more than ever.”

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