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OptimERA has been experiencing outages over the past couple of days due to wildfires in Washington State, according to Jester Purtteman, Chief Technology Officer for the local internet provider. 

Purtteman said that the hub end of the company's satellite connection is surrounded by wildfires and has suffered multiple fiber-line breaks, which caused the outages. 

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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.