Alaska has some of the slowest internet speeds in the country and that’s largely because of its distance from the continental United States. Remote Alaskan residents have already raised their voices about their substandard internet access. However, plans are now in motion which will significantly improve internet access for some of the most remote residents of the country.
Most of the existing connections for Alaska rely on a few submarine cables in addition to wireless and satellite connections. It goes without saying that there’s major room for improvement here and that’s what MTA Fiber Holdings plans on doing.
MTA Fiber Holdings has confirmed that it’s going to lay the “first and only all-terrestrial” fiber optic network which will run from Alaska into the Lower 48. This line will begin at the North Pole and is going to connect through Canada and connect with local carriers before ultimately connecting with “any major hub” in the United States.
“This is a major step for Alaska that will ensure future capacity requirements for MTA members and can support the continuing growth of broadband across the state of Alaska,” MTA CEO Michael Burke said.
The company added in its press release that only internet traffic that both originates and terminates in the United States will be carried over this network. This new fiber optic network will have the capacity to deliver 100 terabits per second initially with the company working to improve the delivery rate in the future. The network is expected to be completed by next year as the construction has already begun.
Google Fiber didn’t do as well as the company might have hoped in Louisville. There was some damage caused to the infrastructure in the city as the company set about laying the foundation for its internet service. Google is now making amends and has agreed to pay the Louisville Metro Government $3.84 million over the next 20 months to repair the damage caused to roads for the ill-fated Google Fiber service.
Authorities will use the money that Google provides to remove the infrastructure for the Fiber service from the city’s roads. The money will also be used to repave areas where needed after Fiber ceased operations in the city ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/2019/02/google-fiber-will-no-longer-be-available-in-louisville/) this week.
”Infrastructure in neighborhoods and public properties affected by Google Fiber will look as good or better than they did before the company began construction,” according ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://louisvilleky.gov/news/city-google-fiber-reach-agreement-providing-restoration-infrastructure-affected-google-fiber) to Louisville Metro’s Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology Grace Simrall.
The problems stemmed from Google’s decision to lay the cabling for Fiber just beneath the road’s surface. It was partly forced to do so as companies like AT&T actively attempted to prevent Google from sharing utility poles. This method of laying the cables meant that the cables would become exposed and were damaged over time.
It was eventually decided that the Google Fiber service would be discontinued in Louisville instead of rebuilding the entire network. Google Fiber continues to be available in other markets across the country, 16 cities to be precise, which include the likes of Austin and San Francisco.