The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will be in Alaska this week.
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich's office said Julius Genachowski will attend several events focused on bringing high speed broadband and overall improved telecommunications to the state.
Those include a stop in Dillingham Thursday to mark the progress of a project extending broadband service to the Bristol Bay and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta regions.
Begich and Genachowski are also slated to speak on telecommunications issues at Commonwealth North in Anchorage Friday and to participate in a roundtable discussion.
Begich said high-speed Internet provides opportunities for economic development and jobs, better education and improved access to health care. He said he's pleased Genachowski accepted his offer to visit the state.
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