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Bristol Bay Times: Tech upgrade in Southwest on a roll

Southwest Alaska is logging on to Terra-Southwest's broadband Internet connection one step at a time, after two years of work and hundreds of miles of cable.

The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation in Dillingham was first to boot up on the new network, and so far, all systems are a go, said Krag Johnsen, Director of GCI's Rural Broadband Development.

GCI is the parent company to Terra-Southwest.

A symbolic test of the system took place between Juneau and Bethel in mid-January, when Gov. Sean Parnell video-conferenced with Gene Peltola, chief executive of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Hospital. Johnsen said the crystal clear, delay-free conference was everything you'd expect from a high quality connection.

"A high definition video teleconference really shows the true technical capability of a terrestrial network like this," Johnsen said.

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