GCI begins construction in two new villages to deliver broadband in Arctic
Broadband expansion project on track to improve access to healthcare and education for Norton Sound & Northwest Arctic Borough residents
Crews in Noorvik erecting the 70-foot tower.
ANCHORAGE – September 2, 2016 – GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, continues to make progress on its high-speed broadband expansion project, erecting a tower in Noorvik and beginning construction in Golovin.
The project is part of the planned expansion of GCI’s Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska (TERRA) network. TERRA currently serves 72 rural communities, which enables GCI to bring high-speed internet to some of the most remote locations on earth.
Over the past few weeks, crews in Noorvik have erected the tower to 70 feet after constructing the foundation and putting in place the communications shelters used to house and protect the high-speed bandwidth equipment. Construction in Golovin started this week, which includes building the foundation for the tower and shelter. Construction in Buckland will begin once permitting is complete. Tower construction has already been completed in Koyuk, Elim, St. Michael and Selawik.
Crews in Noorvik erecting the 70-foot tower. (GCI photo)
GCI announced in late June its plans to deliver service to 10 new communities in 2016 and 2017 in the Northwest Arctic Borough and Norton Sound. GCI’s TERRA network delivers low-latency network connections and high-speed internet access. These speed increases will dramatically improve the performance of online health, education and government services.
Terrestrial broadband provides high-speed data streaming which is a transformational service for many rural Alaska communities. With TERRA, these communities will have access to high-quality video conferencing, a critical tool for health care and education that can result in long-term cost savings for Alaskans and the agencies that serve them.
GCI’s TERRA project launched in 2010 and currently delivers broadband services to 72 communities and services nearly 40,000 residents. TERRA won the 2013 NATOA (National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors) Community Broadband Wireless Network of the Year Award and the 2014 Engineering News Record (ENR) Best Projects Regional Award.
GCI delivers communication and technology services in the consumer and business markets. Headquartered in Alaska with additional locations in the U.S., GCI has delivered services for more than 35 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com.