Alaska Village Corporation to Receive $25 Million Broadband Grant
Recovery Act money will serve 53 Alaska villages
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich announced Dec. 17 an Alaska vllage corporation is receiving a $25.3 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) broadband grant and loan programs. Rivada Sea Lion, LLC, a Village Corporation of Hooper Bay, will leverage the money with $6.4 million of its own funds for its Southwestern Alaska Broadband Rural Expansion (SABRE) project.
The corporation will use the money, earned through a competitive grant process, for 4G high-speed broadband internet service availability to cover a 90,000 square mile area in Western Alaska. They will serve an estimated 29,000 rural residents in 53 villages.
"Expanding and improving broadband in rural areas of Alaska is key to economic success and job creation," Sen. Begich said. "I was pleased to support the SABRE project during the grant process, and this is another example of ways we are stabilizing the economy, improving technology, and advancing business through the Recovery Act in Alaska."
Nationwide, Vice President Joe Biden today announced a total of $7.2 billion in Recovery Act broadband grant and loan programs. The projects announced are funded $4.7 billion through the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and $2.5 billion through the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service - being implemented under the Recovery Act to expand broadband access and adoption across the country.
The awards are designed to help underserved and often hard-hit communities overcome the distance and technology barrier by expanding connectivity between educational institutions, enable remote medical consultations and attracting new businesses.