Rep. Young Applauds Announcement of Arcticlink Broadband Project
Washington, D.C. -Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement Jan. 13 following the announcement of plans by Kodiak-Kenai Cable Company to finance, design, build and operate an express undersea fiber optic cable connecting Asia and Europe routed through the Arctic.
"This is incredibly exciting for the people of Alaska," said Rep. Young. "Not only will this fiber-optic cable project called ArcticLink bring great global opportunity, it will bring incredible possibilities to rural Alaska. By tying into this new global infrastructure project, the Northern Fiber Optic Link project (NOFL), which is currently pending before federal agencies, would span the coast of western Alaska and become the broadband backbone for much of rural Alaska and bring endless prospects for our people. Additionally, I'm proud that an Alaskan company is leading on this project, and am excited that it will bring jobs and potential new opportunity to our state.
"I've been on board with the NFOL project ever since Kodiak Kenai Cable Company briefed me with their plans this past summer and am pleased that this new ArcticLink project may help us achieve NFOL. I hope that Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Locke will also see the merit in providing 21st century connectivity to rural Alaskans through the NFOL particularly where it can tie into and be part of this new arctic cable project. I will continue to work at the federal level to support it however I can."
This project, entitled Arcticlink, is scheduled for completion in 2013.