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Alaska’s rural schools could get a boost in internet speed

Apr 29, 2019

For the past five years, the state has helped Alaska schools pay for faster internet — up to a point. As technology has advanced, some say it’s time to raise the bar. A pair of bills before the Legislature would do just that.

Alaska faces a digital divide. Within the state, rural areas lag behind the larger cities when it comes to internet access.

Governor warns Legislators lack of new revenues jeopardizes Alaska's prosperity; Proposal to cut tax credits for oil and gas producers moves in Legislature; Legislators pass criminal justice reform legislation; Elder concerned broadband access threatens cultural heritage

 Governor Walker says prolonged fiscal uncertainty mars Alaskan economic outlook 

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Governor Bill Walker, Commissioner Pat Kemp at odds on Knik Arm Bridge, Juneau Access Road

The head of the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Commissioner Pat Kemp, stepped down yesterday. Governor Bill Walker’s spokesperson Grace Jang says Walker accepted Kemp’s resignation because in a memo to the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Kemp expressed views contrary to the Governor’s philosophy and decisions.

Construction of cables under Arctic waters between England and Japan, and overland from Prudhoe to Anchorage inching forward