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Tonight: Dr. Heather Hudson Discusses New Book at Consortium Library

Connecting Alaskans: Telecommunications in Alaska from Telegraph to Broadband


Free parking areas for this event are the Library Lot, Library NE Lot , and the East Garage.


Tonight from 5 to 7 in room 307 at the Consortium Library Dr. Heather Hudson will be discussing her new book!

Heather Hudson will discuss her new book,  Connecting Alaskans: Telecommunications in Alaska from Telegraph to Broadband, on Monday, October 26, from 5 to 7, in Room 307 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library. Dr. Hudson is an affiliate professor of communications policy at ISER and was ISER's director from 2010 to 2012. This is a UAA Campus Bookstore event, and it is free and open to the public.


Connecting Alaskans, published by the University of Alaska Press in September 2015, tells the unique history of extending communication services—including telephone, radio, television, and the Internet—throughout rural Alaska. The book analyzes successful policies and strategies to serve Alaska’s remote regions, and describes how Alaskans’ innovation, advocacy, and persistence helped connect more than 200 isolated villages. It also discusses the role of telecommunications in Alaska’s rural development, including applications ranging from telemedicine and distance education to e-government and e-commerce.


Fran Ulmer, chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, notes  “Effective telecommunication links have the power to erase distance as a barrier, and in vast geographic areas like the Arctic that is incredibly important to the safety, health, education, and economies of rural residents," and describes this book as providing "the historical and analytical perspective for readers to better understand what happened in the 20th century and what needs to happen in the 21st century to carry on the tradition of innovation.”


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