September 24, 2004
"This project will make it possible for Alaska's stations to produce and distribute programming more efficiently, as well as offer a variety of digital services to their communities where none may currently exist," said CPB President and CEO Kathleen Cox. "The project is a leap forward in service for the state of Alaska, its public broadcasters and citizens alike."
Connection via a broadband network will help collaborating stations create, share and distribute content more efficiently with each other, as well as with their listening and viewing audiences. In turn, stations can realize lower costs, generate new revenue, and improve overall services to their communities.
"For the first time, Alaska's public stations will be able to transfer audio and video files seamlessly - from anywhere in the state," said David Geesin, Deputy Director for Alaska Public Broadcasting, Inc. "This represents a tremendous savings in staff time and travel.
As a result of this project, even the smallest of Alaska's public radio stations will get vastly improved service opportunities and program delivery options normally only enjoyed by the largest markets."
CPB, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, develops educational public radio, television and online services for the American people. The Corporation is the industry's largest single source of funds for national public television and radio program development and production. CPB, a grant making organization, also funds more than 1,000 public radio and television stations.
Public broadcasting stations participating in the Alaska Broadband Initiative:
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