ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Work continues this holiday weekend on a laying a fiber-optic cable across Cook Inlet. Crews based on the IT Intrepid, a telecom cable-laying ship, have been placing line under the water since last month with cable in shallow areas being buried.
Their work began in Homer, the starting point for GCI’s “Project Terra - Southwest.” Workers have now reached the halfway mark, between Homer and the Lake Iliamna area, on the opposite shore.
This is the first leg of the project, which will eventually connect 65 communities in Western Alaskan and will bring high-speed Internet to 9,000 households, which are now dependent on a slow and unreliable satellite system.
In about two weeks the cable will reach Williamsport, on the other side of the inlet -- a major milestone for the project, which required lots of research to get to this point.