Bringing broadband internet to even the most remote parts of Alaska by the year 2020, that's a goal shared by the Federal Communications Commission and the state.
But there are logistical and financial challenges to making it happen.
The state's Broadband Task Force laid out for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler the unique challenges for meeting the goal in Alaska compared to the Lower 48.
The 22-member panel has been meeting over the past three and a half years to develop a plan. The goal is to get 100-megabit Internet to all Alaskans.
The task force admits it's a big challenge but an important one, saying it will contribute to local economies and benefit education and medicine, among other things.
Currently Alaska has the smallest percentage of households with access to such high-speed Internet, according to the state.
Both terrain and distance are factors in establishing the infrastructure.
The task force estimates meeting the goal will cost $1.2 billion.
"If the private sector would have been able to do this on their own, it would have already have been done. This is going to be something we have to invest in, just as we invest in roads, bridges, ports and other key infrastructure," said Alaska Broadband Task Force Chairman Bill Popp.
The FCC chairman will be visiting both Kotzebue and Kiana with Sen. Mark Begich for a first-hand look at the demands for high-speed Internet in rural areas.