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$30M AK Fiber Line Planned

Photonics.com
Aug 2007
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 30, 2007 -- Officials with telecommunications provider GCI announced a plan this week to build a $30 million, 754-mile fiber optic network in southeast Alaska.

The miles of cable will connect Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Angoon and Sitka to the Alaska United West line currently connecting Alaska to the lower 48, GCI said. The cable will also provide a second fiber link to Juneau, creating a SONET ring that provides alternative routing and overflow traffic handling capabilities.

The new network will service more than 50,000 people, GCI said. Residents in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka and Angoon are currently serviced through microwave and satellite networks. Once the fiber link to these communities is complete, space will be freed up on the microwave and satellite network, allowing other rural communities to increase their speed and access to services.

The new fiber network will have the capacity to meet future needs in Internet, phone and video services, GCI said, and is scheduled to be active by November 2008.

For more information, visit: www.gci.com


GLOSSARY
microwave
An electromagnetic wave lying within the region of the frequency spectrum that is between about 1000 MHz (1 GHz) and 100,000 MHz (100 GHz). This is equivalent to the wavelength spectrum that is between one millimeter and one meter, and is also referred to as the infrared and short wave spectrum.
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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
video
Referring to the bandwidth and spectrum location of the signal produced by television or radar scanning.
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