How 5G Could Transform Connectivity in Alaska

Deputy CIO Dan DeBartolo has his eye on several technologies with potential to improve connectivity in the country’s largest state.

by , / May 21, 2018

For most CIOs at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) midyear conference last month in Baltimore, 5G connectivity is too far off to factor into their immediate plans. After all, nearly all are still focused on filling gaps in broadband, especially in rural areas beyond the reach of commercial service providers. 

"Right now, we don't have full LTE coverage throughout the commonwealth," said Kentucky CIO Charles Grindle, who noted that they currently have about 80 percent of the state covered. 

In the video above, Alaska Deputy Chief Information Officer Dan DeBartolo, pictured alongside CIO Bill Vajda, describes some specific challenges faced in the state due to its size and topography, as well as plans that are now underway to boost connectivity to enhance their public safety capabilities. 

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