- By Chez Oxendine
- Economic Development
Doyon, Limited Alaska Native Corporation
Award Amount: $50,651,548.43
Project Summary: The Broadband Infrastructure Deployment project proposes to install fiber directly connecting 581 unserved Native American households with fiber-to-the-home 1 Gbps/1 Gbps service.
Update: Phase one of a multi-part project to connect 23 Native Villages to the internet is underway, thanks to a National Telecommunications and Information Administration award to Fairbanks-based ANC Doyon, Limited, working in partnership with Alaska Communications.
This first phase will connect 581 unserved Native American households directly to a new fiber backbone, per a statement from Doyon.
The partnership will help connect Fort Yukon, Beaver, Stevens Village, and Rampart to hardwired home connections in its initial phase. That new backbone will help Alaska Communications reach over 20 communities along the Yukon Kuskokwim Rivers with similar connections.
“There is no better time than now to connect our communities,” Aaron Schutt, president and CEO of Doyon, Limited said. “This project will provide the most reliable, affordable, and fastest internet today and for the next generation.”
The new connection is part of a larger collaborative effort called the Alaska FiberOptic Project between Doyon, Calista Corporation, Gana-A ‘Yoo, Limited, and Alaska Communications. The initial segment serves as one of three segments that will be built out, per the Doyon statement.
“For generations the river has been a transportation hub, and we look forward to continuinthe tradition of bringing information and goods across our river system,” Schutt said.