Today was another unusually warm and beautiful day in Barrow, Alaska. Clear skies and lower 50s. We, however, were locked in the server room all morning completing the setup of our servers. After lunch we got to get out and see some more of the surrounding area. We took a trip to see “Satellite City”, an area outside of town where all of the satellite dishes are located. It is interesting how the dishes point at the horizon, instead of up in the sky. In order for them to work properly, there can’t be anything in front of them. Luckily finding empty space isn’t much of an issue.
There are absolutely no wires connecting Barrow to anyway else. Power is generated just outside the city by a power plant that runs on a natural gas reserve. All communications – data, voice, and video must be sent and received over satellite or long-range radio. The BARC has 6Mbps of bandwidth being sent and received over an AT&T satellite, the equivalent of four T1s . Internet speed is Continue reading “Satellite City in Barrow, Alaska”