June 2019 Vol.74 No. 6


MTA Fiber Holdings to Connect Alaska with Contiguous U.S.

MTA Fiber Holdings LLC is building AlCan ONE (Alaska Canada Overland Network), a fiber network connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States and beyond, with the goal of completion by the middle of 2020. 

This first and only all-terrestrial network will initially have capacity of more than 100 terabits per second, which can be expanded and increased in the future as demand grows. The network will establish a secure and reliable fiber connection to any point in the contiguous United States, providing MTA members, as well as Alaska, with robust internet transport for decades to come. 

Currently, MTA pays significant broadband transport fees to other carriers to facilitate high-speed access for its membership. The new all-terrestrial line will lower these expenses, provide a secure and reliable route and provide Alaska with a stable internet transport connection. Further, it’s a long-term solution that gives MTA and its members access to internet capacity, along with the option to reinvest funds in other parts of the company, to better improve technology access. 

MTA Fiber Holdings has secured partnerships with Canadian carriers in order to extend MTA’s existing network from North Pole, Alaska, through Canada and on to any major hub in the United States. Only traffic that both originates and terminates in the United States will be carried over MTA Fiber Holdings’ all-fiber network. 

“This will be a major win for the people who live, play and work in Alaska, supporting business, job growth, and ultimately, the state’s economy,” said Michael Burke,  
CEO of MTA. 

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