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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.