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Alaska Broadband Office

Program Overview

The Alaska Broadband Office (ABO) is primarily responsible for managing the State of Alaska’s federal program responses to the Digital Equity (DE) Act and the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program established in the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) passed by Congress in November 2021. These programs provide the state with funding to bridge the digital divide by building out technology neutral infrastructure and increasing capacity for unserved and underserved Alaskans by providing grants to eligible parties to build out broadband infrastructure, in a scalable, sustainable, and technology neutral manner.

Latest News and Current Events

Help Us Design a Cost-Effective Network to Reach the Unserved and Underserved Communities of Alaska!

The Alaska Broadband Office is excited to share that we've designed a technology neutral model that imagines how broadband could be built in Alaska to connect internet to communities that are currently unserved and underserved. There are two parts to the project:

1. the broadband map predicting where the infrastructure could be built, and

2. the capital cost model predicting how much each project might cost.

The ABO invites anyone who is interested to give feedback on the map and model now available for download. If you have questions or feedback on what can be improved about the map and economic model, please contact us at: ced.abo.networkfeedback@alaska.gov

Broadband Map

The ABO map shows the potential route where broadband infrastructure could be built to connect to our rural communities, specifically those that are unserved and underserved. Follow the instructions below to access and manipulate the map.

Instructions for Download: The map is available to download as a zipped file folder. To unzip the folder, right-click to select Extract All, and then follow the instructions. Inside the folder will be the map, available as a 'KMZ' file extension, which can be viewed in Google Earth. If you do not have access to Google Earth, download it using the link below. Once Google Earth is loaded on your device, click the “Download Broadband Map” button below. This will load the Alaska Broadband Office’s (ABO) assessment of served, unserved, and underserved locations; the major fiber locations that have been and are scheduled to be built; and dark blue lines that represent the ABO draft infrastructure map.

Last update: 2/3/2023.

Capital Cost Model

The ABO has built a model that estimates the costs of new projects to build broadband. Follow the instructions below to access and use the model.

Instructions for Download: Each unserved and underserved community has a serial number on the map above that matches a serial number on the MS Excel Broadband model. Once the KMZ file above is downloaded, please download the MS Excel Broadband model by selecting the button below (note, this requires having an MS Excel license). In the economic model, changing the information in the green cells will modify the model. If you change these variables, you will be able to immediately see the impact to the individual project as well as the projected bottom line. Follow the instructions below to access and use the model.

Download Capital Cost Model Here

Last update: 2/2/2023.

Governor Mike Dunleavy's Statewide Broadband Advisory Board

The purpose of the advisory board is to provide technology-neutral input, recommendations, and advice regarding: state broadband policy, goals, and objectives; project proposal processes and criteria for project selection; mapping and data collection and sharing efforts; and progress made on the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Broadband established under AO 322.

Meet the Advisory Board