ASTAC, MTA, and Mukluk Telephone Company Selected to Deploy Federal ReConnect Program Funds
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $11.3 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Alaska, which is in addition to the $46.5 million announced early in October.
The investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.
Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative (ASTAC), Matanuska Telephone Association, and Mukluk Telephone Company have been selected to deploy fiber-to-the-premises networks with the funds.
“Broadband is a cornerstone to prosperity in Alaska’s rural communities because it is essential to economic development, as well as access to health care, educational opportunities and connections to people and services,” USDA Alaska State Director for Rural Development Jerry Ward said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in deploying this critical infrastructure in Alaska and across all of America’s rural communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
In This Issue
Meeting in the Middle
In January, when the Biden administration announced its ban on the future sale of oil and gas leases on federal land, the news understandably ruffled the collective feathers of Alaska’s oil and gas industry.