FREE Thanksgiving Calling News Release


GCI connects families this Thanksgiving with free,
domestic long distance calling

GCI carried its first long distance call on Thanksgiving Day in 1982 with free long-distance calling to customers. This year, Alaska’s largest telecommunication provider celebrates that milestone by providing free domestic long distance calling for both wireless and landline GCI long-distance customers.

“We’ve come a long way over the past 30 years and we want to celebrate by providing this gift to our customers,” said Ron Duncan, GCI co-founder and CEO. “Alaska is our home and our customers are very much a part of our family. Providing this service at Thanksgiving is our way of saying thank you.”

GCI customers with long-distance will not be charged for in-state and out-of-state domestic long distance calls this Thursday, Nov. 22.

GCI began service in 1982 as a telephone provider. Today, GCI’s network of voice, video, and broadband services passes 80 percent of Alaska households. GCI operates Alaska’s most extensive terrestrial/subsea fiber optic network that connects not only Anchorage but also Fairbanks and Juneau/Southeast Alaska to the lower 48 states with a diversely routed, protected fiber network. GCI’s TERRA-Southwest fiber/microwave system links 65 communities in the Bristol Bay and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to Anchorage bringing terrestrial broadband Internet access to the region for the first time. GCI’s satellite network provides communications services to small towns and communities throughout rural Alaska. GCI’s statewide mobile wireless network seamlessly links urban and rural Alaska.

A pioneer in bundled services, GCI is the top provider of voice, data, and video services to Alaska consumers with a 70 percent share of the consumer broadband market. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. More information about GCI can be found at