Alaska Communications is launching a new internet service in Alaska. Beginning this summer, Alaska Communications Fiber will deliver ultra-low latency, symmetric 2.5 gigabit per second fiber-optic network connectivity directly to select homes and businesses in the communities of Anchorage, Fairbanks and Soldotna.
The provider notes that, with a dedicated, low-latency fiber connection directly to the home, customers will reliably receive symmetrical speeds at all times, in contrast to the cable modem networks commonly used to deliver high-speed internet to most urban Alaska homes.
“We’re dedicated to giving Alaskans the services they need and want,” said Bill Bishop, president and CEO of Alaska Communications. “We’re answering the call by bringing fiber directly to our customers’ home or workplace, guaranteeing them the speeds they pay for.”
Alaska Communications Fiber offers unlimited data with no term contract. Speed packages start at 250 Mbps and go up to 2.5 Gbps. Select neighborhoods in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Soldotna are eligible for fiber internet this year, with more planned in future years.
“Internet usage and behaviors only a few short years ago relied primarily on download speed,” pointed out Mark Ayers, vice president, engineering with Alaska Communications, who continued, “With the increase in remote work and homeschooling, many families now have multiple simultaneous users doing video conferencing, gaming and content streaming in the same home. Our new fiber product enables users to access symmetric speeds. Fiber to the home connectivity provides the highest speed, lowest latency internet currently available in the world. These significant technical improvements over cable modem service provide a dramatically improved experience for high demand applications like gaming and high-definition video conferencing. The speeds available also give customers the confidence that they’ll never be competing with their neighbor for bandwidth at peak usage times like holidays and evenings.”