Urban level internet speed refers to the high-speed connectivity typically available in urban areas. It generally refers to fast and reliable internet connections that allow for quick browsing, streaming, downloading and uploading of data. Urban areas usually have access to fiber-optic or cable internet connections, which can provide high-speed internet with download and upload speeds of hundreds of megabits per second or even gigabits per second.
In the context of rural Alaskans, urban level internet speed is just now becoming available. Rural areas have faced challenges for years in terms of internet infrastructure and connectivity due to remote locations, rugged terrain, and limited population density. As a result, rural Alaskans have had slower and less reliable internet connections compared to urban counterparts. Until now.
Efforts are being made to improve internet connectivity in rural areas, including initiatives by the government and private sector to expand broadband infrastructure. Urban level internet speeds and unlimited data are expected to launch in King Cove and Akutan over the next few months. In the new year, 2024, we will see the finish of the first phase which connected an 800 miles undersea cable and high-speed connections with four Aleutian villages along the chain. Phase two of GCI's project will access their fiber cable to provide high-speed internet to Port Lions, Ouzinkie, Chignik Lagoon, Chignik Lake, Cold Bay, and False Pass.
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