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Celebrating the Launch of Arctic Broadband Point of Presence in Utqiaġvik

ASRC Federal, in conjunction with Quintillion and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will mark the launch of an Arctic broadband Point of Presence (PoP) in Utqiaġvik, Alaska at a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 7, 2019, in support of NOAA satellite operations and economic development on the North Slope.

The event will recognize the completion and launch of the first federal Arctic Point of Presence on United States soil, highlighting the scientific, business and community development opportunities in Utqiaġvik as well as the rest of the state.

At 71° north, Utqiaġvik is the northernmost continuously inhabited point in the nation, providing a strategic location for U.S.-based satellite operations and high latitude data acquisition (HiLDA) capabilities.

Prior to fiber optic cable being laid and the PoP installation, data flows from the North Slope to the rest of the world via domestic satellite links were notoriously slow with high latency and low bandwidth, and proved to be unreliable during inclement weather or poor satellite positions relative to the sun.

The new PoP enables NOAA to swiftly and efficiently allocate more bandwidth and distribute satellite data to the Fairbanks Command and Data Acquisition Station (FCDAS), harnessing the power of high-speed internet in support of scientific missions. Additionally, the new broadband capability opens the door for additional business in the Arctic and aims to improve the lives of local residents by bringing modern-day technology and jobs to the connected communities.



WHEN:           Saturday, September 7, 2019

2 – 5 p.m.

WHERE:         Iñupiat Heritage Center

5421 North Star Street

Utqiaġvik (Barrow), AK


  • Stephen Volz, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Satellite and Information Services
  • Scott “Scooter” Altman, ASRC Federal SVP and former United States Astronaut
  • Michael (Mac) McHale, Quintillion Chief Revenue Officer

About ASRC

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1989 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation’s shareholder base has nearly tripled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to approximately 13,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing approximately 13,500 people across Alaska and the Lower 48. The company has six major business segments: government contract services, petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, industrial services, construction, and resource development.


Marie Duriez
Shareholder and Employee Communications Manager

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