North to the future: Alaska’s brand new fiber-optic network give its state motto new meaning

MTA announces plans to build Alaska’s first fiber-optic connection to the contiguous US

May 2, 2019

Ah, Alaska… home to the northern lights, 3 million lakes — and the slowest average internet in the US. 

Alaska’s low population density and outdated submarine fiber networks have kept connections slow, but telecom company MTA announced plans to build a terrestrial line to make Alaska’s first stable connection to the contiguous US. 

This could be huge 

The new, scalable network will lower current (high) transport costs and — in theory — reduce expenses for Alaskan families and businesses. 

The underground cable will run along the highway from North Pole (the town), carrying the gift and cheer of 100+ Tbps connection speeds — benefiting Alaska’s economy, web security and education

But don’t hold your breath 

Although project construction is underway, most communities won’t see the new internet link until 2020, and many rural Alaskan communities remain unreachable.

Still, the state’s overall network should be somewhat improved by “new satellite technologies” and other fiber-optic rollouts.

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