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FCC’s New Alaska Policy

By | August 11, 2003

      The Federal Communications Commission has ended its long-standing “Alaska Bush” satellite earth station policy and instead is allowing open-entry, facilities-based telecom competition in Alaska’s rural communities.

      The Alaska Bush communities are rural areas, small in population and isolated in geography. The commission’s Alaska Bush earth station policy prohibited the installation or operation of more than one satellite earth station in any Alaska Bush community for competitive carriage of long-distance phone service.

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