What I did expect: information about Alaska internet connections from internet connection salesman Anthony. What I didn’t expect: Alaska wildlife warnings bootcamp.
But I got both.
We are in the middle of some serious Alaska house hunting from afar. I need a house with an internet connection so that I can do many wonderful things like hold my work-from-home job
and browse REI sales.
The thing I’ve learned, however, is that an internet connection is not exactly a given in Alaska. The further you get out of your typical neighborhoods in town, the more this appears to be true. And so when we started looking at a gorgeous house about 20 minutes outside of actual town, my immediate thought was
“but what about my Netflix?” “I need internet for my job.”
And so I called GCI, the cable internet provider, and gave salesman Anthony the address. Answer? No connection, then yes, then no again, then “please hold,” then quite a bit of holding, then the decision that what we really need is a tech to drive out there and investigate.
But during all of this, my new buddy Anthony gave me a few unsolicited pieces of fun Alaska advice. And since this blog is meant to be a learn-as-you-go experience for both me and you all, I thought I would share it with you. Yes, I took notes while he was talking.