Benefits of a Cooperative
As a cooperative, ASTAC is managed in part, by the voice of the people it services – co-op members. In a Cooperative, those with similar needs act together and pool their resources for mutual gain. But the returns are not just monetary. Members ensure that their Cooperative business provides the best quality products and services at the lowest possible cost. Members control their business through participation in their Cooperative; your voice is important, and is heard at every membership meeting. And because we are committed to serving our membership as our partners, we strive to serve each and every one of you with the respect, dignity and efficiency that you deserve.
ASTAC supports the communities in multiple ways:
- Award four scholarships each year
- Major supporter of the following North Slope Borough School District programs:
- Battle of the Books
- FIRST Lego League
- Swoosh Free-Throw Basketball Contest, Slope-wide
- During the Cooperative’s Annual Meetings, door prizes include gas vouchers (one each per village, except Prudhoe Bay), cash and products (across all villages)
- Various community needs including healthy living initiatives, community center refurbishment, holiday celebrations/annual events, search & rescue equipment and education foundations
- Our Utqiaġvik employees shop and support local businesses
ASTAC provides high quality and reliable service by maintaining skilled staff in Utqiaġvik and Deadhorse and village representatives in each of our markets. This allows 24-hour network monitoring and management – and quick response times for resolving issues.
Return on Investment
ASTAC reinvests earnings into high-quality new services. Since 2015, we have invested more than $50 million in our fiber network and high-capacity microwaves.
February 2021 – launched Home Internet 25+, the North Slope’s first and only 25-megabits-per-second Internet service.
January 2021 – turned up three new 4G LTE sites making ASTAC the first telecommunications company to bring wireless coverage north from the Brooks Range to Deadhorse, where no other coverage existed previously.
2019 – completed the single largest project in our history, installing over 41 miles of fiber-optic cable to almost 1,700 locations. Additionally, we upgraded our satellite system in Anaktuvuk Pass, Kaktovik, Atqasuk and Point Lay.
2018 – completed the installation of fiber-optic cabling in the communities of Nuiqsut, Wainwright and Point Hope
2017 – launched a Home Internet10 service in some of the residential markets it serves. Additionally, several wireless sites were upgraded to LTE with many more on the way.
2016 – upgraded our entire wireless network to 4G across the North Slope.
As new services are adopted by the membership, revenues have continued to grow. Capital credits are being allocated to our members when we have a positive tax net income.