A telecommunications project to extend terrestrial broadband service for the first time to Bristol Bay and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is taking another step forward with the start of construction of microwave towers in or near five communities.
GCI officials said May 23 that barges arriving in Dillingham last week brought this equipment, plus more for the fiber optics segments between Williamsport and Pile Bay, an overland route.
Flexi-barges built at Dillingham after arrival of the larger barges headed up the Nushagak River this past week, heading for New Stuyahok and Koliganek, said GCI's director of Rural Broadband Development, Krag Johnsen. Some of the rest of the supplies were being delivered to Manokotak, Togiak and Platnium, with helicopters to lift materials to the four mountain top sites, Johnsen said.
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