When Alaska’s Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola hosts First Lady Jill Biden in a historic trip to Bethel Alaska, the focus will be on expanding access to high-speed internet as a primary means of addressing the area’s health and educational problems.

While Peltola’s hometown faces a host of difficult social issues, she has trumpeted the fact that the May 17 visit by Biden will be centered around highlighting the various ways that the Biden administration is working to expand broadband internet access across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Peltola and Biden will also address other, unspecified priorities in rural Alaska.

In a statement about the upcoming visit, Peltola said she was “proud we have a First Lady who is a real advocate for education and health care access.”

“These are issues that affect every Alaskan and every American,” Peltola added. “I am glad that she has chosen to visit Bethel to see firsthand our unique way of life in Western Alaska. I want this to be an opportunity to demonstrate some of the challenges faced by rural communities in our state — challenges that aren’t well understood in the Lower 48.”

Whether bringing faster internet to rural Alaska is the primary key to addressing the area’s high rates of violent crime, rape and aggravated assault, as well as dire educational outcomes and persistent substance abuse problems remains to be seen.

If the most popular internet sites in the U.S. are any indication, high speed internet in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta area will likely see many more residents Googling information, watching YouTube videos, spending much more time on social media, accessing increasing amounts of porn, sports, movies and news, and ordering more items from Amazon. On average, Americans are now spending about eight and a half hours a day on the internet.

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First Lady’s headed to Bethel to tout high-speed internet as key to prosperity

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Friend of Humanity says:

    It is going to be more than high speed internet. It will be a manner of control that will be applied in two ways at miniumum and will work due to the jabs and cbdc. Anything that O’bidens push saying that it is good for humanity is not good for the general population.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      If you have not listened to Lisa McGee or Diane Kazer before, give this a listen. Very informative.

  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    instead of taking her to Bethal she should go to a real Bush community. How about also taking her to King Cove and drumming the needed road into her democratic head. Let’s get some bang for the tax payers bucks wasted on this trip.

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      Agreed, what a wasted trip. How about a stop in Kivalina or to the southern border.

  • B says:

    An improvement? Free Biden high speed pornography and mind/gender bending social justice to indoctrinate those not yet on the internet.
    What could go wrong?

  • Mary says:

    How about letting someone besides a government officials/representative show her around. We know where she should go and what she needs to see.

  • George D says:

    This is just a campaign stop to help the obedient Democrat, Ms Peltola, get re-elected.
    It’s to show “the bush” what power Mary already has as a good, progressive, foot soldier.
    Her next election is in 18 months …. they are starting to promote her now.

  • Mboll says:

    I highly doubt they are really there to talk about high speed net. But ok. Watch this movie not that movie.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      I totally agree with you Mboll. Going to be interesting to see what happens in the near future. I say watch the demorat senators and representatives and what they push. A year or two ago, Alex Jones said that someone has a bugout place near the Arctic Circle, but he would not say who. Maybe it is the O’biden family thinking that no one would think to look for them in the cold Alaskan North? Pretty interesting that Pedo Pete came up here and then his wife comes up within the week.

  • Mary says:

    Right on B. High speed internet in remote Alaska is so much more important than the southern border. Watch this movie in the North not the one in the South.

  • micah6v8 says:

    A note to the single men. Never marry someone like Dr. Jill Biden. Spouses are supposed to have each others backs at all times. They are to never place their ambition and/or greed before the needs of their spouse. It is clear that her husband has been battling dementia and instead of crafting a life for him to comfortably live his remaining years she has thrust him underneath the klieg lights on a global stage. Now Joe Biden’s remaining years may be spent on a medical ward in prison if there is justice in the world, and that would be a better life then being pumped full of drugs so he can be used as a “Week-end at Bernie’s” prop. Dr. Jill Biden you are unwelcome in Alaska. Go away and be awful somewhere else.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      I saw on another website (must read alaska) that before O’biden’s “rally” started, every 15 minutes Bethel attendees were being give iPads, iPhones, or iPods. Did Mrs. O’biden have to bribe the residents to attend? To add insult to injury, the apple products were purchased using federal funds (according to the article), so our money bought the O’biden “rally” attendees apple products. Was not that generous of the American people? NOT.