Terrestrial Broadband Internet Service Operational In 40 Remote Rural Communities
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – General Communication Inc., (GCI) (NASDAQ:GNCMA) and its wholly owned subsidiary, United Utilities, Inc. (UUI), have delivered terrestrial broadband Internet service to the residents of 40 remote, rural communities in Bristol Bay and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Efforts continue to connect an additional 25 communities to the state’s only high-speed broadband terrestrial service in Western Alaska.
In the first week of October, GCI launched its new broadband service in 16 new communities: Akiachak, Akiak, Atmautluak, Chevak, Hooper Bay, Kasigluk, Kwethluk, Marshall, Mekoryuk, Napakiak, Napaskiak, Nunapitchuk, Oscarville, Pilot Station, Russian Mission and Scammon Bay.
The high-speed broadband service is available in these communities as a result of TERRA-Southwest, a network established by more than 400 miles of fiber-optic cable and 13 new microwave towers.
Communities that launched high-speed broadband service earlier this year include: Port Alsworth, Alakanuk, Aniak, Iliamna, Kokhanok, Newhalen, Nondalton, Pedro Bay, Ekwok, Grayling, Igiugig, Koliganek, Levelock, New Stuyahok, Emmonak, Goodnews Bay, Mountain Village, Newtok, Nightmute, Nunam Iqua, Platinum, Saint Mary’s, Toksook Bay and Tununak.
GCI and UUI offer a range of new Internet service plans in these recently launched communities. Download speeds will be eight to 16 times faster than what is available today on similarly priced plans for those served by the satellite-based WISP system.
Customers will experience a substantial increase in service quality because TERRA-Southwest eliminates satellite-related latency.
For more information about the communities served, new service plans and technical terms, go to gci.com/TERRA. GCI will post updates on gci.com about service dates and ordering procedures as the deployment progresses.
The next communities scheduled to receive high-speed broadband service are: Aleknagik, Anvik, Chefornak, Chuathbaluk, Clarks Point, Dillingham, Eek, Holy Cross, King Salmon, Kipnuk, Kongiganak, Kwigillingok, Lower Kalskag, Manokotak, Naknek, Pitkas Point, Quinhagak, Shageluk, South Naknek, Togiak, Tuluksak, Tuntutuliak, Twin Hills, Unalakleet and Upper Kalskag.
GCI (NASDAQ:GNCMA) is an Alaska-based integrated communications provider and the second largest wireless provider in Alaska.
As a pioneer in bundled services, GCI provides local, long distance and wireless telephone, video services, Internet and data communication services throughout Alaska.
For more information, visit gci.com.
Posted: October 10, 2012