Despite an outpouring of statewide support, Governor Dunleavy vetoed grants for public media, cutting 7% of Alaska Public Media’s annual budget. This veto represents $397,035 in direct state funding, which covered crucial annual infrastructure costs, including:
• Paying for annual fiber link interconnection costs to Fairbanks and Juneau;
• Maintenance and upkeep of television broadcast equipment for services with KTOO in Juneau, KYUK in Bethel, and the statewide ARCS system;
• And satellite uplink services for distributing Alaska based statewide radio content.