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News about the Alaska FiberOptic Project

Pictured: The community of Rampart and the Yukon River

Spring 2024 Update

The Alaska FiberOptic Project is a collaboration between Calista Corporation, Doyon Limited, Gana-A 'Yoo Limited, Tanana Chiefs Conference and Alaska Communications to provide reliable, affordable broadband in rural Alaska. So far, funding has been secured to connect 15 villages.

Continue reading for a recap of 2023 and our 2024 plans.

Doyon Region

Doyon, in partnership with Alaska Communications, will connect five communities along the Yukon River: Beaver, Fort Yukon, Rampart, Stevens Village and Tanana. Household service will be ready by the end of 2025.

In 2023, community meetings were held in each village, community surveys of utility infrastructure began and engineering for the land portion of the project began.

The partners have big plans for 2024, including:

  • Completion of initial field studies
  • Construction and installation of equipment kiosks
  • Environmental resource evaluations including:
    • Cultural resource studies
    • Cable shore landings
    • Evaluation of river dynamics
    • Evaluation of the fiber-to-home infrastructure
  • Deploy fiber optic cable from existing utility poles to buildings (household connections will not go live until 2025)
  • Terrestrial construction along the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to the Yukon River Bridge
  • Additional community engagement

Girls  Jumping

Employment Opportunities

While the work is being completed in each village, there will be various shareholder employment opportunities.

2024 Opportunities

  • Laundry support
  • Brush clearing and tree trimmers
  • Cooks and food preparation

2025 Opportunities

  • Trucks and drivers to transport supplies from airport to river
  • Water taxis to transport installation crews between vessels
  • Small watercrafts and captains to transport fuel to install vessels
Mom and son shopping

Looking at the map

Calista Region

Calista, in partnership with Alaska Communications, will connect seven communities along the Kuskokwim River: Upper Kalskag, Lower Kalskag, Tuluksak, Akiak, Akiachak, Kwethluk and Napakiak. Household service will be ready by the end of 2026.

In 2023, meetings were held in each village and the early stages of the environmental analysis was completed.

In 2024, the team’s plans include:

  • Contractor selection – should be finalized by Memorial Day
  • Continued work on environmental analysis
  • Site surveys
  • Engineering design and procurement

Other Service Areas

In addition to connecting communities in the Doyon and Calista regions, Alaska Communications and Tanana Chiefs Conference will bring fiber broadband to Venetie, Chalkyitsik and Circle.

Residents in all of these areas can sign up to be notified when service is coming to their area. Click the “sign up” button in yellow banner at the bottom of this page.

Fireweeds overlooking the river

Visitor's greeting at Tuluksak

Project Vision and Next Steps

Our vision spans beyond these 15 communities, as we seek additional funding sources to expand the project to more communities and achieve our shared vision.

Alaska FiberOptic Project Updates

Yukon River with surrounding mountains

“For the first time, some of Alaska’s most underserved communities will receive high-speed internet access made possible by the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grant program. I commend the partnership and coordination of the successful applicants in securing this grant, which will be transformational.” - Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)