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Connect Alaska CAI Newsletter-March 2011


Download the Connect Alaska CAI Newsletter-March 2011

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Newsletter highlights:

PROFILE: Anchorage School District

In 2009, Mount Redoubt, an active volcano southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, began to show signs of eruption. Heather Sawyer, the executive director of communications with the Anchorage School District (ASD), tweeted students, "All ASD schools will be OPEN on Friday, March 27. There is a LIGHT ashfall advisory for Anchorage. We will keep monitoring the situation." And with that, Heather saw the ASD Closure Notices Twitter account swell from 100 followers to 1,000 followers. This is just one example of how Twitter has changed the way the district communicates with the community. Read more here.

Alaska Broadband Task Force Named
Alaska is moving forward with plans to accelerate the deployment and availability of affordable broadband technology throughout the state. Commissioner Susan Bell recently announced the formation of a statewide broadband task force to work with the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED). Read more about the Broadband Task Force here.

On the Federal Front: The National Broadband Map
On February 17, 2011, the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released an interactive National Broadband Map. Read more about Connect Alaska's contribution to the National Map here.

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