Regulatory Commission of Alaska Announces Federal Broadband Grant Awards.

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) announces recent awards of federal grant funding for Round 5 of the Rural Alaska Broadband Internet Access Grant Program (“Grant Program”).  The Grant Program provides funding to assist telecommunications companies and cable operators in deploying broadband Internet service in rural Alaska.  The Grant Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development, and is jointly administered by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development (DCCED) and the RCA.

Under continuing state and federal efforts to make Internet service more affordable to communities in rural Alaska, more than $6.2 million has been awarded in the fifth round of the Grant Program to offset the costs of deploying broadband service.  Current grant recipients are GCI and Yukon Telephone Company.  Communities that will benefit from this year’s grant are Ruby, Tanana, and Unalakleet.

Date Issued: 9/27/2011