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About ASTAC

Who We Are

Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative (ASTAC) is a member-owned telephone utility Cooperative providing telecommunications services to the residents of the North Slope region of Alaska. The Cooperative’s designated service area is a roadless, remote arctic area of more than 90,000 square miles which is larger than 40 of the 50 states combined.

Prior to having local phone service each village was served by only one pay phone. Residents stood in line, sometimes for hours in inclement weather, waiting their turn to use the pay phone.

The Cooperative utility consists of more than 3,500 access lines served by nine central offices located in eight of the region’s traditional villages and at the petroleum industry exploration and production complex at Deadhorse-Prudhoe Bay. ASTAC currently employs approximately 74 employees.

The Cooperative was brought into existence in 1977 when Arctic Slope residents determined that the continued development of their traditional communities; the business success of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) corporations; the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) and the eight Village Corporations; and the delivery of public services by the North Slope Borough (NSB) home-rule municipality, were all dependent on the availability of, at least, basic telephone service.

Construction started in 1979 and by 1981, ASTAC was providing digital switching in seven Inupiat communities and the oilfields of Prudhoe Bay. With the purchase of GTE in 2000, Utqiaġvik was added to the network and ASTAC has since invested millions of dollars to upgrade facilities there.

Mission
Combining robust and affordable broadband with outstanding customer support, enabling all advanced telecommunications services for our members.

Vision
The Arctic Slope’s broadband provider of choice.

What We Offer

We are a full service wireless provider offering both fixed and mobile voice and data solutions, including equipment sales and service to the North Slope region of Alaska. We operate a private 700 MHz LTE network available for nomadic data applications and extended WAN coverage off the wired network.

Internet

We offer several different plans to meet your budget and usage needs.

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Wireless

We offer wireless phones & plans, including Android and iPhones.

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Home Phone

Our local and long distance plans keep you connected.

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Our Network Coverage

Proudly serving the Top of the World for over 40 years.