Broadband comes to the Arctic

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PRUDHOE BAY, Alaska (AP) - Quintillion, an Anchorage based Telecommunications Company, has finished laying down their terrestrial fiber–optic cable line, which connects Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay.

Quintillion spokesman, Tim Woolston, says the cable will bring broadband internet to the Arctic for the first time in mid–April.

Last summer, the company began linking Alaska's coastal communities, from Nome to Prudhoe Bay, with underwater cables.

The Construction is part of a bigger plan to connect fiber–optic cables to Asia and Europe through the Arctic Ocean.

We talked to Kristina Woolston, Vice President of External Relations, about how this affects Alaska.

"Our project is a three phase project and within those phases there are different components," she said. "The phase one Alaska portion has a terrestrial segment which brings new fiber from Fairbanks to the Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay market and the system, as it's planned to connect to Asia and to Europe, will provide a shorter connection between those two continents and it will also create diverse telecommunications paths out of Alaska. It has a lot of implications in terms of the global marketplace."