Arctic Broadband Forum

Monday, May 8
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Open to registered attendees
Wood Center, UAF Campus
Karl Kowalski, Chief IT Officer

Separate Registration Required - Open Now!

The Arctic Broadband Forum will bring together educators, researchers and industry from across the World to discuss the challenges, successes and potential of telecommunications and broadband deployment in the Arctic. Specific emphasis will be placed on the role of broadband and digital technologies on the cultural preservation and self-determination of indigenous populations throughout the Arctic.

Visit the Broadband Forum website for more information.


8:00       Continental Breakfast, Coffee, Tea


8:30       Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Jim Johnsen, President, University of Alaska System
  • Dr. Dana Thomas, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Mr. Karl Kassel, Mayor, Fairbanks North Star Borough

9:00       PANEL 1: How Broadband Is Changing Lives In The Arctic


10:00     Networking Break


10:30     Submarine cables: A Tool of Control or Emancipation?

11:00     BUSINESS PROFILE: Northwestel, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, CANADA

11:30     Feasibility Study of an Arctic Mobile Communications Network


12:00     Networking Lunch


1:00       KEYNOTE: They Said It Couldn’t Be Done Quintillion Sub-Sea Cable Project: Connecting Japan to the UK

  • Ms. Elizabeth Pierce, President and CEO, Quintillion, Alaska, USA

1:30       Broadband and the Creation of a Circumpolar Innovation System

2:00       Public-Private Partnerships: Unlocking the Arctic’s Broadband Potential


2:30       Networking Break


3:00        Panel 2: Indigenous Perspectives: Technology and Broadband Access, Deployment & Potential In the Far North

4:00       Business Profile-ORION Networks, Ontario


4:30       Closing Remarks


5:30       Networking Reception with Association of International Education Administrators