780 AM | 96.1 FM 


(907) 443-5221

Broadband services scheduled to be restored by end of the month

Map showing the location of the fiber optic cable providing internet access to the region.

Quintillion, the Alaska-based communications company, announced in a statement Saturday (August 19) that sea ice conditions have halted travel and repair operations in repairing the damaged fiber optic line. Quintillion planned to begin repair operations August 9th-22nd, and now estimates to restore broadband access August 28th-30th.

In early June (June 13th) the company announced the outage was a result of an ice-scouring event, located north of Oliktok Point. Quintillion initially estimated the break could result in a six to eight-week outage which was updated in late June to be completed in August. It has been ten weeks since broadband access became affected.

According to the statement, forecasted conditions for Tuesday (August 22nd) indicated a window in the ice making it possible to safely access the site and begin operations. The statement included an itinerary for the IT Integrity repair vessel which arrived in Wainwright last week (August 15th). If the forecasted conditions are accurate, the IT Integrity will depart Wainwright and travel to Prudhoe Bay (August 22-23rd), conduct a seven-day repair, and depart the site on August 30th.

Those who were affected by the limited internet access have been experiencing connectivity issues for over two months and are eager to have reliable internet restored. If the sea ice cooperates, broadband internet access should be restored by the end of this month, according to the Quintillion update.

Photo at top: Map showing the location of the fiber optic cable providing internet access to the region

Share this story


Recent Posts

Patrick Landback Wins Gold Dust Dash 5k Race

Waves crashed just feet away as a row of runners lined up on Nome’s East End Beach. Veronica Perez, a Summercise Intern for Norton Sound Health Corporation, announced to the 35 competitors of the Gold Dust Dash that it was time to get ready to race.  “Ladies and gentleman, start

Read More »

MS Westerdam Passengers Recall Icy Approach to Nome

Holland America’s MS Westerdam has arrived in Nome. The cruise ship that holds over 1,900 passengers is anchored just off the coast of Nome, too big to dock in the port. Small tenders that hold about 80 passengers each are ferrying visitors to and from the shore throughout the day.

Read More »



Work for Us:




(907) 443-5221 


(907) 868-1200 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that KNOM Radio Mission is located on the customary lands of Indigenous peoples. 

Based in the Bering Strait region, KNOM broadcasts throughout the homelands of the Iñupiaq, Siberian Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Yup’ik peoples.