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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 PCR

Unalaska's Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation's 5th annual Silver Salmon Derby started Tuesday. Registration is open and encouraged now through the final day of the derby on Monday, Sept. 14. 

"Participants just need to register at the front desk of the Community Center, either prior to or at least when they bring their first fish in for submission," said event organizer and PCR Special Events Coordinator Nichel Kernin. "And anybody can partake. It's open to all ages, and they can submit one fish per day throughout the 14 days." 

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.

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses and organizations have had to adapt to a new way of conducting business. Unalaska's clinic is no exception. 

Iliuliuk Family and Health Services' (IFHS) most profitable revenue stream is through primary care visits. But because of coronavirus-related restrictions, those visits have dropped drastically in the past few months.

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.

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