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GCI marks historical rural internet milestone with community picnic and donation

More than 45,000 Alaskans in over 80 communities can access broadband through TERRA


KOTZEBUE, Alaska – Celebrating the completion of the heavy construction phase of the Terrestrial for Every Rural Region (TERRA) high speed internet project, GCI on Saturday invited Kotzebue residents to a community barbeque, hosted with the help of local firefighters, who grilled up more than 1,000 hotdogs and hamburgers.

TERRA is a massive Alaska infrastructure project that, when complete, will connect 84 rural communities to modern technology with high-speed terrestrial broadband.

During the event, GCI presented the Kotzebue Volunteer Fire Department with a $3,000 donation, which completed the department’s fundraising efforts for a LUCAS CPR device. GCI donated $5,000 to the department earlier this year.

“Kotzebue’s fire department stands at constant ready to respond to fires, medical emergencies and take part in search and rescue efforts, and GCI is pleased to help the department in its ongoing effort to purchase state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment,” said Paul Landes, senior vice president, Consumer Services.

In recent months, GCI has made a number of upgrades and improvements in the region, including the introduction of the new “No Worries” internet plans in three rural hub communities; the completion of the TERRA project’s heavy construction phase, bringing broadband to Western and Northwest Alaska; and the opening of a new storefront in Kotzebue, enhancing the customer service experience throughout the community.

About GCI

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 athttp://www.gci.com

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