which brought true high speed telecommunications to the Kodiak road system is
now working on providing the same to the other six communities in the borough.
Cable Company, which is owned by the Old
Harbor and Ouzinkie
Native Corporations, connected Kodiak to the outside world with two fiber optic
cables to the mainland two years ago. Now, the company wants to provide
increased bandwidth to the villages, but this time through microwave relay
the villages send and receive telephone, internet, cable TV and even KMXT radio
through satellite downlinks, which have speed and bandwidth limitations. Brian
Kincade, the chief operating officer of Kodiak-Kenai Cable, says the company is
taking on the new project by leveraging its fiber optic experience:
-- (Sharatin Mountain 22 sec "So as we've ...surround the island completely.")
He says the
infrastructure atop Sharatin Mountain, about 10 miles west of Kodiak City,
will cost about 2-million dollars. The cost of the island-spanning loop is
about 11-million. Like it did with the undersea fiber optic line, Kodiak-Kenai
Cable wants to be a provider to the providers, and attract telecommunication
companies to lease bandwidth on their system.
-- (Demonstration 16 sec "So
what's going on ... building those systems out.")
with Kodiak's notoriously inclement weather, the power of the transmitters will
be higher and size of receivers will be larger than systems spanning the same
distance. Powering the seven mountaintop relay stations does pose a problem,
but Kincaid says the towers will be supplied electricity through a combination
of green technologies with a fuel back-up.
-- (Off the grid 18 sec "We
are doing a solar, wind ... our own wind turbines.")
Work on the
Sharatin Mountain site was stalled for a few
weeks because of weather, but Kincaid says he's found some tents to set up so
work can continue there. He hopes to have the first leg up and running by
February, and begin working on other legs of the loop next summer.