No online banking, no Amazon orders, no internet classes. A broken fiber optic cable buried far below the Beaufort Sea ice, north of Oliktok Point has brought internet service for a wide swath of Arctic communities to dial up speed or a complete halt. Repairs are still weeks away. How are schools, local governments and businesses coping with the lack of reliable online commerce? How much redundancy is there in the system now and will federal funds make it more robust and reliable? We discuss the need for modern communication connections in the far north, on this Talk of Alaska
HOST: Lori Townsend
- Nagruk Harcharek – President, Voice of the Arctic Inupiat
- Kelly Williams – CEO, OTZ Telephone Cooperative
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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 27 at 10 a.m. on Alaska public radio stations statewide.