The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in November proposed one of the largest changes to lead pipe regulations in three decades. The strict overhaul set forth by the Biden administration requires every community to test their service lines and submit the results by April.
Ketchikan residents will no longer have access to cable television starting next fall. Ketchikan Public Utilities, the island’s last provider, announced it would be sunsetting cable services next year. KPU says that subscribers have gone down and operation costs have gone up as people nationwide turn away from local TV and towards streaming services.
Ketchikan Public Utilities is asking voters to approve an $11.5 million bond to improve internet access in Ketchikan. The money would finance running more than 100 miles of fiber optic cable from Prince Rupert, British Columbia – and the utility says it won’t have to increase rates. How is that possible? And why does Ketchikan need its own cable, anyway?