By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

Wireless internet service expected to start later this year


February 8, 2023

Courtesy Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes on Alaska

A pair of COWS - cells on wheels - arrived by barge in Wrangell on Jan. 31, and will be set up later this year to provide wireless broadband service to unserved areas of the community. The pop-up tower on the self-contained units can stand 120 feet tall.

Wireless internet service for areas of Wrangell with limited or no access to high-speed downloads should be in operation later this year.

The broadband service initially will start with transmitting and receiving equipment in position atop two existing cell towers, along with two pop-up "cells on wheels (COWS)," explained Chris Cropley, director of the Tidal Network for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

The portable cell units arrived in Wrangell last week. Each unit cost about $100,000, including electronics and an extendable tower that can reach up to 1...

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