Anchorage, AK (STL.News) Governor Mike Dunleavy signed Administrative Order No. 322 to establish the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband (Task Force) to address the growing need for reliable, high speed connectivity for all Alaskans.
“On the heels of a global pandemic, now more than ever do we see the critical role that the internet plays in nearly every part of life and the importance of good connectivity for every Alaskan,” said Governor Dunleavy. “We have a large amount of federal pandemic relief funding coming to Alaska, with potentially more on the way if an infrastructure bill passes Congress, and there is a lot of discussion surrounding broadband. The Task Force on Broadband will convene the stakeholders involved in delivering and using broadband, particularly in rural Alaska, to identify the communities that need to be connected and upgraded, and provide recommendations back to our administration on how best to get Alaskans connected with high speed, affordable internet.”
Closing Alaska’s digital divide important to meet the growing demand for bandwidth to support basic government functions, commerce, innovation, economic development, and a high quality of life at home for Alaskans. The Task Force will assess remaining gaps in the system and technologies used to deliver broadband and provide recommendations to the Governor on State of Alaska on state involvement in broadband infrastructure development, and equitable use of state funds to assist in the buildout of broadband networks to get more Alaskans connected.