An advertisement for xyz internet in the Homer Tribune on March 26, 1996.  Credit: Hoemr HOMER TRIBUNE/CINDY BARKER.

An advertisement for xyz internet in the Homer Tribune on March 26, 1996. Credit: Hoemr HOMER TRIBUNE/CINDY BARKER.

How the internet came to Homer

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Internet is a basic commodity for most of U.S. consumers, but some remote Alaskan towns like Point Hope on the Chukchi Sea are just getting connected to the digital world. Other rural towns in Alaska have surprisingly been connected nearly as long as their peers in the Lower 48. 

The internet came to Homer in 1995, but it wasn’t a large internet provider that broke into the rural Alaskan market, it was a 20-year-old college student that saw the business opportunity.