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City Council Prepares For DC Lobbying Trip

Jul 17, 2017


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It’s all about high speed internet. At least, that’s what city manager Dave Martinson believes should be the focus of the city council’s upcoming lobbying trip to DC.


“It’s really about high speed internet," Martinson said. "We will continue to beat that drum.”


Martinson says he’s had discussions with two companies – GCI and Quintillion – who are looking into the feasibility of bringing fiber optic cable to the island. That competition he believes might make high-speed internet a reality sooner than many may have expected.


Due to recent events like North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile tests, councilor Yudelka Leclere also wants to make conversations with the Navy a priority.


“Security has been a concern for a lot of people," said Leclere. "When people read the news – those missiles.”


Citing four recent Navy vessel visits to Unalaska waters, Leclere is extremely interested in enticing their ships to pass through the city.


Also on the docket, city councilors discussed proposed changes to Unalaska Marine Center (UMC) tariffs. They agreed to move forward with a 3 percent increase on everything except for fuel which has gone down and cruise ships which will see a 7 percent increase.


The city council is expected to revisit the UMC tariffs next month.