ANCHORAGE, Alaska--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) announced today that the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) has issued its order relating to the
expansion of the Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II) program in
Under the terms of the order, the FCC will provide approximately $19.7
million per year for 10 years to assist Alaska Communications in
deploying broadband to an aggregate of about 31,500 locations in Alaska.
The number of unserved locations expected to be served under this
program are estimated to be between 25,000 and 26,000.
Alaska Communications will bring internet service with speeds of at
least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload to rural locations in Alaska
approved by the FCC.
"Alaska Communications is pleased to reach this important milestone with
the FCC, setting the stage for the single largest deployment of
affordable broadband under any one program in Alaska," said Leonard
Steinberg, Alaska Communications senior vice president, legal,
regulatory and government affairs. "We thank Senator Murkowski, Senator
Sullivan and Congressman Young for their support bringing this important
infrastructure to our state."
The CAF II funding will support expanded broadband capability to rural
communities along Alaska's highway system. The funding does not address
the significant middle mile needs for deploying affordable broadband in
Alaska Bush communities that are not accessible by road.
The Alaska Communications CAF II order is the only CAF order for Alaska
that establishes broadband obligations for a specific number of customer
locations. The next step in the process is for Alaska Communications to
develop a build-out plan for the deployment of these new broadband
services over the next ten years.
The FCC created the CAF II program in 2011 to facilitate the deployment
of high-speed internet access in high-cost locations by transitioning
Universal Service Fund money that was supporting rural landline voice
service to the build-out of broadband infrastructure in rural
About Alaska Communications
Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) is the leading provider of advanced
broadband and managed IT services for businesses and consumers in
Alaska. The company operates a highly reliable, advanced statewide data
network with the latest technology and the most diverse undersea fiber
optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous U.S. For more
information, visit www.AlaskaCommunications.com
View source version on businesswire.com: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161101006693/en/
Director, Corporate Communications
Tiffany Dunn, 907-564-7556
Manager, Board and
Source: Alaska Communications
News Provided by Acquire Media