Kristina Woolston, Vice President External Relations for Quintillion, headquartered in Anchorage, AK, will provide an update on the Quintillion Subsea Cable System and benefits for Alaska. The Quintillion Subsea Cable System is on schedule to bring wholesale fiber optic service December 1 to Utqiagvik (Barrow), Nome, Kotzebue, Point Hope and Wainwright as part of Phase 1 of the Quintillion system. The Quintillion Subsea Cable System plans to connect Europe to Asia, with potential for connections into Northern Canada, along the Lower Northwest Passage, the shortest route between the two continents. Quintillion’s terrestrial network, featuring new fiber optic cable between Fairbanks and Deadhorse, and infield fiber in Prudhoe Bay with joint venture partner Alaska Communications, has been in service since April 2017.
Kristina Woolston is Vice President External Relations for Quintillion, a private company headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska that will build and operate the Quintillion Subsea Cable System.
Kristina’s diverse career includes time in the D.C. office of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), Director of Community Relations for NovaGold, a mineral’s exploration company leading the world-class Donlin Creek Gold Project in Southwest Alaska and, most recently, as Vice President Government Relations for over a decade with Alaska’s largest Alaska Native village corporation and the fourth largest Alaska-based company, Chenega Corporation. February 2016, Kristina accepted the opportunity to be Vice President External Relations for Quintillion as they build the Quintillion Subsea Cable System and bring a fiber optic network for the first time to the North American Arctic.
Kristina is originally from the village of Naknek in Southwest Alaska. Kristina graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government. Kristina sits on the Arctic Economic Council’s Telecommunication Infrastructure Working Group and is former Chairman of the Board of the Native American Contractors Association. Kristina was selected as a Top 40 Under 40 in Alaska, as well as Native American Top 40 Under 40 nationally.
Kristina and her husband Tim are co-owners of Fat Ptarmigan Restaurant, SMW Coffee Company and KTM Construction, all in Anchorage. They recently helped their youngest daughter, Charlotte (10), launch her first business venture, making organic dog treats, appropriately named, “Charlotte’s Canine Creations.”