COMMUNICATIONS

KUCB Staff

Commercial radio has come to Unalaska.

The Arizona-based Turquoise Broadcasting Company set up a transmitter in the Valley last week, launching two stations with programming from the Kenai Peninsula.

While Unalaska Community Broadcasting fought the arrival of for-profit radio, a number of island residents are excited about the new additions to local airwaves.

This story was produced by KUCB's newsroom, which is independent from Unalaska Community Broadcasting's management and board of directors.

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KUCB Staff

In downtown Unalaska and the valley, communications are returning to normal after a power outage Tuesday affected landline telephones, internet service, and other networks.

The outage was caused by a leak in a powerhouse engine's cooling system, according to Public Utilities Director Dan Winters.

While it took several hours to isolate and repair the leak, Winters said the city's electrical operations are back to normal and he doesn't expect any similar problems in the future.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaskans are fed up with the slow internet and dropped calls that define the island's telecommunications.

Brendan Carr said he got that message loud and clear during his Tuesday visit for the Federal Communications Commission. But it's unlikely his trip will produce concrete changes anytime soon.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

A major player at the Federal Communications Commission is due in Unalaska.  

Brendan Carr will arrive Monday night and spend about 24 hours on the island to learn about the broadband challenges facing rural Alaska.

The FCC regulates communications across the country — from radio and satellite to television and internet.

Brendan Carr joined the agency as a commissioner last summer, after the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment by President Donald Trump.