The Alaska Plan secures $152 million per year for the next 10 years from an annual $4.5 billion national fund. The funding will result in improved and expanded fixed and mobile broadband service to Alaskans across close to 100 rural communities.
- Deploys fixed broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream to 90% of the locations in remote Alaska, up from 60%.
- Upgrades almost 70,000 locations to speeds of 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream, more than double the FCC’s current speed benchmark.
- Reduces the number of rural Alaska locations without 10 Mbps/1 Mbps service from 49,000 to less than 13,000.
- Deploys 4G LTE (or better) to at least 85% of the rural Alaska population, up from 9%.
- Provides new LTE service to more than 100,000 rural Alaska residents.
- Provides support specifically to bring mobile broadband to communities that currently have no wireless service at all.