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Courtesy of Eric Stone/KRBD

 

The federal government says it's investing $46.5 million to bring high speed internet to communities across coastal Alaska. That's expected to improve internet speeds in Southeast Alaska and out as far as the Aleutians.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue made the announcement Tuesday. He says he understands Alaskans are isolated by geography.

Courtesy of GCI

GCI says it won't move forward with bringing broadband communications to Unalaska at this time unless they receive a large grant from the USDA.

The company has put in an application for a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to bring fiber optic broadband connection to communities along the Aleutian Island chain, where connectivity and bandwidth can often be unreliable or difficult to come by.

Courtesy of OptimERA

On Thursday, OptimERA Inc. piloted a new data program for the community of Unalaska. The program gives customers 50 percent more usage at the same price point.

Courtesy of Unalaska City School District

A Monday morning stroll through Unalaska’s elementary and high school hallways reverberates with an unnerving and overwhelming silence. The expected babble and laughter of students squeezing in final bits of a hurried conversation, the low and frantic scribbling of last night’s calculus homework, and the metallic harmonies of lockers tolling shut exists in a time that seems far removed from the now dark, empty vestibules.

 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The Unalaska City School District will transition to distance education methods starting Monday. 

Earlier this month, officials closed all public and private schools in the state through at least May 1, in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.  

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