FCC Explores How Alaskans Benefit From Expanded Internet Capability

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clayburn is visiting Alaska to get a better sense of how Alaskans will benefit from expanded Internet capability, or broadband. Increased bandwidth allows users to transmit several types of data – video, voice, and graphics – on the Internet.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dedicates $7.2 billion to expansion of the nation’s broadband capability. Clayburn says U.S. Senator Mark Begich has pushed hard to get Alaska some of those dollars.

Begich recently announced that McCarthy will receive $5.2 million to extend wireless broadband connectivity, joining more than 100 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region.

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