New satellite contract is signed
Anchorage-based Pacific Dataport signed a contract with space technology company Astranis to launch a geostationary satellite dedicated to Alaska. This would replace the aging Aurora 4 satellite, and would also have advanced capabilities. Pacific Dataport would serve existing customers and be able to offer Internet and broadband service to all parts of Alaska at much lower costs than with the existing terrestrial-based service, the company said. The launch will be in 2020.