By Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS Radio

Alaska Power and Telephone is proposing laying a submarine fiber optic cable from Juneau to Haines and Skagway. The company has filed an application with the state for an easement for laying the cable on the seafloor. It would follow an existing underwater cable and run about 86 miles. It would come ashore at the same place the existing  cable does in Haines, near Lutak Inlet.

In Skagway, the proposed landing site for the cable is causing more discussion. The company wants to bring the fiber optic cable ashore at Smuggler’s Cove in order to avoid work planned at the harbor for the Gateway Project. But some in the community are questioning whether a utility use is allowed at the Smuggler’s Cove area.

AP&T manager Darren Belisle in Skagway says more details on the project will be released next week. He says it’s unclear right now of the timeline for the project.

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