Perspectives on Business and Economics, Vol. 40

26 The first is pursuing federal grants and utilizing state funds to help subsidize internet infrastructure projects. Second is the Broadband Task Force, which has created a broadband plan and set goals to establish a strong internet connection throughout the state, placing emphasis on communities with the greatest need. Third is private companies, which are investing in projects to help rural areas have access to strong and reliable internet. For the internet situation in Alaska to improve, action must be taken. The goals, plans, and funding—necessary steps in the progression of broadband infrastructure— provide no tangible benefit unless they are performed in a timely manner. Internet technology is constantly improving, with minimum requirements changing just as fast. Therefore, the timelines established by the Broadband Task Force are crucial to ensure any development has a concrete impact on the internet connectivity in Alaska. If these solutions are implemented as proposed, the digital divide that exists in Alaska will begin to disappear. It no longer will stand in the way of the state’s future development and success. By providing strong and reliable internet across the state, rural education and business can prosper no matter where they are located.