While many areas across the U.S. have been upgraded to high speed internet, there are still pockets that are in a broadband desert. That includes many rural Alaska communities.
Reported by Greg Kim Video and Photos by Katie Basile Edited by Katie Basile and Gabby Hiestand-Salgado
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Later this Fall internet speeds in Akiak, Alaska will double as the community gains access to broadband internet through Low-Earth Orbit satellites. Technicians and engineers install antennae receivers on Lena Foss’ home on October 19, 2021.
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Akiak will be the first community in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to bring high-speed broadband internet to all of its residents. Engineers install antennae receivers on a home on October 19, 2021 in Akiak, Alaska.
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Akiak will be the first community in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to bring high-speed broadband internet to all of its residents. An engineer installs an antennae receivers in Lena Foss’ home on October 19, 2021 in Akiak, Alaska.
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Timothy Lott is looking forward to following his favorite football teams through faster and more affordable internet once Akiak has a high-speed connection later this Fall. Behind him, technicians and engineers install an antennae receiver on his mother’s home on October 19, 2021.
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Youth hang out near the school in Akiak, Alaska to access wireless internet through their phones. Homes in Akiak do not currently have access to high-speed internet but all of that will change later this Fall when the village gets connected to broadband internet through Low-Earth Orbit Satellites. October 19, 2021.