Alaska is now connected to the “lower 48” states as the first overland fiber-optic cable was completed by a Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA) subsidiary. The 480-mile project, which began in April 2019, was a collaboration between MTA, Canadian telecom Northwestel, and contractor Alaska Directional, reported the Anchorage Daily News.
The overland cable begins at the town of North Pole near Fairbanks and
ends at Haines Junction, Yukon. There, it connects to cables installed
by Northwestel, which enables connection to the rest of North America. The Daily News
reported with the new cable, the state “is no longer solely dependent
upon a series of subsea cables for high-speed internet and telephone”
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