2016 – In Review

In the face of declining oil prices and a statewide economic recession, North Slope Telecom has a lot to be grateful for in the last year! 2016 was a tough time for Alaskans, losing about 6,800 jobs and thereby netting the first annual jobs loss for the state since 2009 (Zak, Annie “2016 was bad for the Alaska job market. 2017 might be worse.” Alaska Dispatch News 5 Jan. 2017: Web. 8 Mar. 2017).  Then, in October of 2016, Alaska recorded the … Read More

ASTAC, AT&T and NSTI Deploy Broadband Cellular Network on the Edge of Exploration

Oilfield camp workers at the Greater Mooses Tooth Unit in NPR-A now have 4G cell service, thanks to a partnership among Arctic Slope Telephone Cooperative Association, AT&T, and North Slope Telecom, Inc. Another successful partnership creating a successful project!  Anchorage, Alaska – Arctic Slope Telephone Cooperative Association (ASTAC) has teamed with AT&T and North Slope Telecom, Inc. to provide ice road crews and other workers superior … Read More

FAQ: Evolving Intrinsic Safety Standards

What does 'Intrinsically Safe' actually mean? Electronics sometimes create tiny arcs or produce heat during normal operation; both of which could become an ignition source under the right circumstances. This likely doesn’t concern you unless, of course, you work in an area where tiny sparks can cause big explosions. In such a case, you have to use intrinsically safe radios… but what does that mean? Intrinsic Safety (IS) is an approved protection level for the safe … Read More