Terra NW

Anchorage, AK (2011)

Massive broadband expansion brings improved healthcare and connectivity to remote Alaska

  • 95 FTE jobs
  • 691 construction jobs
  • NMTC amount: $140,523,585
  • Total Project Costs: $140,523,585
  • CDE:

2550 Denali Street

Anchorage, AK 99503

Project Description

The Alaska telecommunications provider, GCI, completed Phase 1 of the TERRA-NW broadband service in December and started transmitting commercial traffic on Jan. 3, 2013. Travois New Markets used a portion of its 2011 allocation to assist with financing. The new network providess broadband to 808 businesses, 79 schools and 74 hospitals and clinics, including the new $91 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — funded, tribally-owned and operated Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome. Alaska Natives who live in remote villages was able to use video conferencing to receive medical and psychiatric care; students can connect over video conferencing to receive remote instruction in courses — all services which were once thought impossible.

Other stages of the project have received NMTC financing as well.