out the company that brought high speed fiber optic telecommunications to
Kodiak was just warming up. KMXT's Jay Barrett has more on the company's plan
to extend its fiber optic service to Southwest, Western and Arctic Alaska.
Cable Company , jointly owned by the Old Harbor and Ouzinkie Native
corporations, now plans to run a fiber optic cable from Kodiak, to Dutch
Harbor, and then back up to Bristol Bay and along the coast, ultimately ending
in Prudhoe Bay.
Icard, with the Great Pacific Cable Company, is designing the project for KKCC.
He says the line will stretch over 34-hundred miles, and make landfall at the
larger communities along the way, such as Cold Bay, Naknek, Dillingham, Bethel,
Nome, Kotzebue and Barrow. He says a submarine cable is far more feasible than
trying to bring the same bandwidth overland:
-- (Fiber 1 15 sec "It
really doesn't make ... from those cable heads.")
proposes to fund the Northern Fiber Link by using a National Telecommunications
and Information Administration Broadband Grant authorized under the federal
stimulus program. In return, the company says it will offer, at no charge other
than maintenance, bandwidth to the University of Alaska, National Science
Foundation, Homeland Security, health corporations and other nonprofits.
designed the Kodiak Kenai Cable Company's first project, which strung two fiber
optic lines from Kodiak to the mainland. The company is now building a
microwave relay system to bring that same high speed access to the villages
around Kodiak Island.
stringing cable to Kodiak was no small feat, Icard said it went extremely
smoothly, and expects the Northern Fiber Link to be the same, despite a
different set of unique design challenges all along the route.
-- (Fiber 2 32 sec "We're
dealing with ... up the river.")
the first phase, from Kodiak to Nome, is expected to be laid next summer, with
phase two, from Nome to Deadhorse, done in 2011. The line will have an initial
capacity of 160 billion bits per second, almost the equivalent of 3-million