How to communicate with pets in Alaska
Alaska communications experts are calling on state officials to ban online ads and other social media ads for pets and people who live in Alaska.
“I have been told that if an ad does not make it into the Alaska Communications Program and the program is approved, that they will take a ‘snapshot’ of the address and the address of the individual that is posting the ad,” said Jeff Davis, a former Alaska communications director who is now chief communications officer for the Alaska State Legislature.
“I know that’s true, but the reality is that it’s not the case.”
Davis said that the program was created in 2015 to support the state’s rural areas.
The program, which is run by the Alaska Department of Transportation, provides grants to agencies for communications to educate Alaska’s population about issues such as traffic and road conditions.
The programs has received nearly $4.4 million in grant money over the past three years.
Alaska’s current communication strategy includes a call to action for the state on a range of issues.
For instance, the Alaska Communication Program has set up a Facebook page to promote its campaign.
Davis said he has been contacted by people who have posted comments on the page saying that they have been “banned” from posting online.
Davis said Alaska officials have said they will review the new policy.
“We’re going to look into this,” Davis said.
“There are many ways that we can continue to communicate to our citizens and the public.”
Alaska Communications Commissioner Tim Dutton declined to comment on the status of the program, citing privacy laws.
The new communications ban comes after an outcry from the Alaska Legislature in the last few weeks.
The state passed a new law last week requiring all Alaska residents to report any online advertising from businesses that are within 100 miles of an Anchorage address, which was part of the legislation passed by the Legislature.
That law is scheduled to take effect on Sept. 1.
The Alaska Communications Commission is currently reviewing the new rules and is expected to make a recommendation to the Legislature within the next month.