The Telecommunications Working Groups was led by Robert McDowell. Read bio here.
The Working Group has launched its deliverable, a report titled “Arctic Broadband. Recommendation for an Interconnected Arctic”.
The Telecommunication Infrastructure Working Group unveiled its report “Arctic Broadband. Recommendations for an Interconnected Arctic” on January 24, 2017 during the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø. The report is the first of its kind. It explores how each Arctic state defines broadband, and the goals each has established for broadband deployment, as well as the overarching societal benefits of broadband. The document also discusses the challenges that must be considered and surmounted in order to expand broadband in the Arctic, and both funding options and past, current and proposed broadband deployment projects are explored.
Read the report here.
Chair of the AEC Infrastructure: Telecommunications Working Group, Robert McDowell, comments:
“The recommendations provided in this report are the result of a true collaborative effort among the business community within the eight Arctic states. Together, local Arctic residents and expert broadband advisors have combined their knowledge to establish a comprehensive strategy for the deployment and adoption of broadband in the far north – a first of its kind.”
Among the goals and recommendations included in the report are examples of potential legal, regulatory, and business practice reforms and strategies that the private sector, NGOs and local, indigenous, provincial, and national governments could undertake to facilitate deployment.
Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit
Together with partners, the AEC Telecommunications Infrastructure Working Group organized a Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit in Barrow, Alaska in July 2016. The Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit gathered representatives of business, technology, and policy decision makers to two-day discussions focusing on the development of broadband in the Arctic and the challenges facing this development.
Based on the success of the first Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit in 2016, the AEC has decided to organize the second Arctic Broadband Summit together with the City of Oulu in June 2017. The second Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit will be held in Oulu, Finland on 14-15 June 2017. For more information, please see “Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit” under “Our Work”.
2016 Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit in Barrow, Alaska
To read more about the 2016 TOW Summit and to see a video, please click here.
Presentations from the Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit, Barrow AK:
Doug Sosnik_Political Profile
Dr. Heather Hudson_UAA
Michael Perkinson_Sustainable Investment Strategy_ Guggenheim
Paul Flaherty_Northwestel Overview
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