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GCI Introduces Wireless Data and Internet in Rural Alaska

GCI wireless customers in rural Alaska can now stream data and surf the Internet on cell phones.  

GCI has upgraded its wireless network in rural Alaska to allow current and new mobile subscribers access to data services.  GCI subscribers in many remote areas can now access the Internet, download applications and check e-mail from their GSM data-enabled wireless devices. The new data services are an enhancement to the current voice coverage provided by GCI.

“We’re pleased to bring the same great service to rural Alaska that we’ve offered in urban areas,” said company Vice President and General Manager Consumer Services Paul Landes. “Now it doesn’t matter if you are in Bethel or Anchorage, you can use your favorite apps, check your e-mail and surf the Internet on the GCI wireless network.”

In rural Alaska, GCI is introducing the GSM Android Ivy smartphone to access the new data, Internet and e-mail services. This phone boasts Google’s 2.1-operating system, a 3.2-mega-pixel camera and access to thousands of online applications and games. Data usage requires the purchase of a data plan in addition to the existing voice calling plan.

In 2010, GCI continued the upgrade of its cellular network by providing GSM voice and data wireless services in 109 rural Alaska communities, in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Northwest Arctic, Arctic Slope, Norton Sound, Aleutians, Alaska Peninsula, Bristol Bay and Prince William Sound.  GCI will continue to upgrade the cellular network over the next two years, with the goal of providing cellular voice and data service to all communities statewide.

GCI (Nasdaq: GNCMA) is an Alaska-based integrated communications provider that delivers voice, video and data services through its fiber optic, satellite, hybrid fiber coaxial and metropolitan area network facilities. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com.

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