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Alaska Communications, Akeela First to Connect to Microsoft ExpressRoute Cloud Service from Alaska

Alaska Communications delivers private, secure cloud service connection


ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Behavioral health provider Akeela can now serve more patients with a higher level of care through a private cloud connection from Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK).

Akeela is a non-profit organization that offers an array of behavioral health prevention and clinical services throughout Alaska.


Alaska Communications, the first Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute partner based in Alaska, now provides the nonprofit with private, secure, and reliable connectivity to Microsoft Azure cloud services. The dedicated cloud connection helps Akeela meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements, and increase operational efficiencies.


Microsoft selected Alaska Communications as its Azure ExpressRoute partner because of its secure, reliable, redundant fiber optic network, connecting Alaska to the Lower 48. It is the first Alaska-based carrier that is Ethernet 2.0 certified, providing the ultimate in network reliability and security.


“By serving our network and IT needs, we can focus on what we do best – serving the health care needs of Alaskans,” Akeela COO Mark Marlow said. “We can now move applications into the Microsoft cloud, reducing costs, making us more productive, collaborative, and mobile. Alaska Communications continues to listen to our needs, then designs, custom builds and maintains solutions through their many IT partners.”


“We’re proud to provide Akeela with a direct connection to the Microsoft cloud, allowing them to focus on their mission while we bring them best-in-class broadband and managed IT services,” Bill Bishop, senior vice president, business market, Alaska Communications said.


Akeela first partnered with Alaska Communications, the state’s leading broadband and IT solutions provider, in 2015, to build a private, secure network connecting clinicians with patients via video conferencing and other telehealth tools.


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