Arctic Broadband Point of Presence Launches in Utqiaġvik

(Arctic Slope Regional Corporation)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - NOAA scientists now have a faster to way communicate and transfer data that's pertinent to scientific research with the launch of an Arctic Broadband Point of Presence (PoP) in Utqiaġvik. Leaders of the initiative say the new PoP will support NOAA satellite operations and economic development on the North Slope.

Leaders from ASRC Federal, Quintillion, and NOAA joined together for a ribbon cutting launching the PoP at the NOAA Barrow Atmospheric Baseline Observatory Saturday.

The new PoP will enable NOAA to harness the power of high speed internet, and help support scientific missions. Leaders of this initiative hope the new broadband capability will open the door for additional business in the Arctic, while bringing modern-day technology and jobs to local residents and connected communities.

ASRC is discussing a partnership with Iḷisaġvik College to one day train local residents to accept specialized jobs related to PoP.

Prior to fiber optic cable being laid and the PoP installation, data flows from the North Slope to the rest of the world via domestic satellite links were notoriously slow with high latency and low bandwidth, and proved to be unreliable during inclement weather or poor satellite positions relative to the sun.

Experts say the broadband technology will allow NOAA to provide data from the satellite approximately 600 times faster than traditional methods.

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