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North Slope’s tribal organization asked for federal help with the response to the internet and cell outages that hurt several Arctic communities this summer after the fiber cable was damaged.

An undersea fiber optic line was severed by the sea ice on June 10, leading to outages in several communities, including North Slope’s Utqiagvik, Wainwright, Point Hope and Atqasuk. On Aug. 25, the Quintillion vessel arrived at the area of the break to start the repairs, but the estimate of how long the work might take was not yet available.