A little birdie told me a few months back that Tok would be getting fiber optic as early as the Fall. Well, now rumor has it that it may be much sooner – like sometime in the next few months!
Anyone who has been following my quest for high speed – and affordable – Internet in rural Alaska knows that “high speed” and “affordable Internet” are not usually used around these parts. I’m currently paying close to $200 for my monthly Internet access, 512k up and down, 10Gig bandwidth allowance, $30 each Gig over. (Waiting for your eyes to pop open and jaw to drop. There it goes.)
I got a peek at some numbers for the new service that will bring Tok onto the Information Superhighway instead of the rural side road and my own eyes popped open and jaw dropped. For the same connection speed, the Gig bandwidth allowance is doubled and the price is about one-fourth of what I pay now! Heck, I could afford the truly high speed connection at those rates.
The clincher is that our local power/phone company doesn’t yet have the equipment to support the fiber optic service but are anticipating the arrival of said equipment to do the upgrade.
To say I’m thrilled is an understatement. And for others in the community, high speed Internet may actually be within more people’s reach.
Hey, I don’t call Tok, Alaska the Social Media Capital of the World for nothing. With high speed access, who knows how many bloggers and Twitterers will hop on board from these parts!
What do YOU think of more affordable Internet?