Hoonah Indian Association and Alaska Communications to Provide Gigabit Internet Service to Hoonah and Gustavus

HOONAH, Alaska – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Nearly 1,250 Alaskans in Hoonah and Gustavus, two isolated communities in southeast Alaska, will benefit from high-speed fiber-optic cable Internet access for the first time, if the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) approves a broadband grant application.

Hoonah Indian Association and Alaska Communications, together, would connect the region with an undersea fiber optic cable, with fiber to the home in the communities of Hoonah and Gustavus. Alaska Communications would provide Gigabit service in communities that today cannot stream lessons, work remotely, or access quality telehealth care.

Hoonah Indian Association and Alaska Communications would also provide a community technology center in Hoonah and Gustavus to facilitate education, awareness, training, access, equipment and support for community members. The technology center would provide basic skills training, access to social and medical services, and support community cultural activities.

“Bridging the digital divide will bring important economic and cultural opportunities to our region. The fiber optic network would finally bring the reliable, affordable, high-speed internet that we desperately need to connect our young to the elderly, to provide training opportunities, remote work opportunities, distance learning and healthcare. It will transform our region, ”said Robert Starbard, Tribal Administrator, Hoonah Indian Association.

“We thank the Hoonah Indian Association and NTIA for this opportunity to continue to connect and serve our fellow Alaskans. This fiber optic network would positively change lives and stimulate economic growth in the region. We are proud to be a part of this important project, ”said Bill Bishop, President and CEO, Alaska Communications.

Once built, the Hoonah and Gustavus fiber optic network would connect to Alaska Communications’ backbone fiber network.

Grant applications were submitted to the NTIA Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program on September 1. The NTIA plans to award grants by the end of 2021. If awarded, the project would be completed in December 2023.

Indian Hoonah Association

Hoonah Indian Association, headquartered in Hoonah, Alaska, is the federally recognized tribal government of the Xunaa Tlingit.

Alaska Communications

Alaska Communications, a subsidiary of ATN International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI), is the leading provider of advanced broadband and managed computing services for businesses and consumers in Alaska. The company operates a highly reliable and advanced statewide data network with the latest technology and the most diverse submarine fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States. For more information, visit www.AlaskaCommunications.com or www.alsk.com.

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