Crews tore into a small portion of Bishop’s Beach last week to lay the foundation cable for a broadband link that will connect 65 western Alaska villages in an historic telecommunications project.
Called the TERRA-SW project, it is funded with a $44 million grant from the USDA Rural Utilities Service and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and a $44 million loan to United Utilities Inc. UUI is a subsidiary of GCI.
The Homer work is the beginning of the fiber optic line. A “bore” endpoint was buried below the Elks Lodge at Bishop’s Beach and into the tide line, said Krag, Johnsen, director of rural broadband for GCI.
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