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The Bristol Bay Times: Information superhighway getting closer for 65 villages

If you live in southwest Alaska, the information superhighway is coming closer and closer to your home, and likely to be part of your lifestyle by year's end 2012.

It's all about the middle mile phase of this $88 million GCI project right on schedule, says Krag Johnsen, director of rural broadband development for GCI.

Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed in 2009, millions of dollars in federal funds have come to Alaska for broadband infrastructure.

In the case of GCI's TERRA-SW project (an acronym for "Terrestrial for Every Region of Rural Alaska") it's a combination of $44 million in grants and $44 million in loans, to bring a fiber optic and a high speed microwave network into 65 rural communities and deliver it into individual residences, businesses and other entities. In industry terms, this is called "middle mile" and "last mile."

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