fiber re:D In the News

News Release – September 10, 2014

Contact:
Shahid Butt, GCI, 907-868-0692, sbutt@gci.com

GCI Makes Fast Even Faster With Launch of 250 Mbps Broadband Speeds

Free upgrade doubles upload speed, download speed jumps 25 percent

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – GCI is continuing its quest to re:DEFINE broadband in Alaska by upgrading its re:D service to up to 250 megabits-per-second download speeds (Mbps) and 10 megabits-per-second upload speeds. These upgraded broadband speeds are now available in most re:D service areas, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, Mat-Su Valley, Sitka. With speeds up to 250 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload, GCI offers the fastest, most reliable broadband data services in Alaska. This improvement also brings GCI another step closer to providing one-gigabit broadband service to Anchorage in 2015. With broadband speeds up to 250 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload, GCI re:D customers will have the chance to:

  • Download 10 songs in about 2 seconds
  • Upload 200 photos in about 7 seconds
  • Download one HD movie in just over 2 minutes

“In December 2013, we promised Alaska that we would bring one-gigabit broadband speeds to the state. Offering broadband speeds as fast as 250 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload is just part of GCI’s commitment to offer the fastest broadband speeds to Alaskans,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “We’re enhancing our service to meet our promise to deliver the best communications and entertainment experience in Alaska.” Customers will receive the upgraded speeds at no additional cost. re:D service is available for residential as well as enterprise customers. Learn more about GCI’s re:D broadband at www.gci.com/red, or call 800-800-4800.


News Release – March 5, 2014

Contact:
Shahid Butt, GCI, 907-868-0692, sbutt@gci.com

GCI re:DEFINES Broadband in Alaska, Offers 200 Megabits-Per-Second Service

Anchorage, Alaska – Continuing along its path to provide one-gigabit broadband service in Alaska by 2015, GCI announced today that it has increased its existing re:D top speed from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps, which is highly competitive with the fastest broadband speeds available in the nation.

Customers of GCI re:D, the state’s premier Internet product, can experience this speed increase immediately at no additional cost. GCI’s 200 Mbps re:D broadband service is now available to re:D subscribers in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, with additional coverage areas planned for the coming months.

Only three months ago, GCI upgraded re:D speeds from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps, and the company is already doubling re:D speed again. In addition to incredibly fast download and upload speeds, GCI’s re:D includes the most broadband data usage ever offered by the company, with 500,000 MB per month. GCI re:D broadband rates for consumers start at $175 per month.

“GCI has an ongoing commitment to provide Alaskans with the latest technology in communications, and our re:D broadband service is just one example,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “Among the many strides we’ve made in technology in Alaska, GCI was the first to provide high-speed Internet service in the state, so it is fitting for us to now bring Alaskans some of the fastest broadband in the country with this 200 Mbps service.”

re:D service is available for residential as well as enterprise customers. Learn more about GCI’s re:D broadband at www.gci.com/red, or call 800-800-4800.

About GCI
GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,200 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The Alaska-based company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com/about.


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January 23, 2014 – Smithville Communications offers 1 gig broadband to customers at $393.60 a month. Find out more.


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January 13, 2014 – Lafayette, LA Lus Fiber offers 1 gig broadband to customers at $999.99. Learn more here.


News Release – December 20, 2013

Contact:
David Morris, GCI
(907) 265-5396, dmorris@gci.com

GCI Doubles Internet Speeds Across Alaska

100 Mbps now available in re:D communities

Anchorage, Alaska – Following GCI’s announcement to be the first to provide one-gigabit Internet service in Alaska, it has doubled its existing Internet top speed to 100 megabits-per-second. GCI’s re:D customers, its premier Internet product, can experience this speed increase immediately and at a cost savings.

Today, GCI’s 100 Mbps broadband service is available to re:D subscribers in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, Palmer and Wasilla. GCI lowered the price of the service by $25 and existing customers experienced the speed increase automatically. Wasilla and Palmer are the most recent communities to have the high-speed broadband package available, with the service launching there on Thursday, Dec. 19.

“This announcement is another example of GCI’s continued commitment to provide Alaskans the latest in communications technology. We were the first Alaska carrier to provide single-hop satellite long distance calling, the first to provide high-speed Internet service, the first to construct redundant high capacity fiber cable networks between Alaska and the lower 48, and the first to provide terrestrial broadband service in rural Alaska. Since our founding, GCI has invested well in excess of $2 billion in Alaska’s communications infrastructure, and we continue to lead the market in technological innovation. We’re focused on ‘what’s next?’ to benefit Alaskans.”

Learn more about GCI’s re:D broadband at www.gci.com/red or call 800-800-4800.

About GCI:

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere.  More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com/about.


News Release – December 19, 2013
Contact:
David Morris, GCI
(907) 265-5396, dmorris@gci.com

Gigabit Broadband Coming to Alaska In Anchorage by 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – GCI (NASDAQ: GNCMA) today announced plans to deploy Alaska’s first one-gigabit (1,000 megabits-per-second) Internet service, fiber re:D, which will be available in Anchorage by 2015.

“Last January, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a national challenge to make gigabit Internet service speeds available in every state by 2015. GCI will meet that challenge by deploying one gigabit service in Anchorage by 2015,” said Ron Duncan, GCI president and CEO.

“This announcement is another example of GCI’s continuing commitment to provide Alaskans the latest in communications technology. We were the first Alaska carrier to provide single-hop satellite long distance calling, the first to provide high-speed Internet service, the first to construct redundant high capacity fiber cable networks between Alaska and the lower 48, and the first to provide terrestrial broadband service in rural Alaska. Since our founding, GCI has invested well in excess of $2 billion in Alaska’s communications infrastructure, and we continue to lead the market in technological innovation. We’re focused on ‘what’s next?’ to benefit Alaskans.”

“As part of the move to a gigabit in Anchorage, we will also substantially enhance our existing premier re:D broadband service in Anchorage. Fifty megabits per second (Mbps) is no longer sufficient to meet the needs of Alaskans who depend on the Internet for bandwidth-intensive innovative services. Therefore, as of today, we’re doubling our re:D download speeds to 100 Mbps and reducing the price of re:D by 12.5 percent. This is the first of a series of free re:D speed increases.”

“GCI is excited to bring this opportunity to Anchorage, and we want to share that excitement with Anchorage residents,” Duncan continued. “To do that, we have developed a plan so that customers can help prioritize the deployment of fiber re:D.  If you want gigabit service for your neighborhood, please visit www.gci.com/getfibered to let us know and encourage your neighbors to do the same. The Anchorage neighborhoods expressing the most interest will be the first to get fiber re:D.

About Gigabit Service:

Today, about a dozen cities in the United States have residential gigabit Internet service.  According to the FCC, gigabit Internet service will provide download speeds 100 times faster than today’s national average and 20 times faster than GCI’s previous top speed of 50 Mbps. Consumers will benefit not only from the ability to access existing Internet services at dramatically higher speeds but also from the ability to use new Internet applications that have not even been thought of yet.

How fast is a gigabit?

Activity At average U.S. speed At fiber re:D 1 Gbps speed
Download HD movie (2.2 GB) 30 minutes 18 seconds
Download console game (4 GB) 55 minutes 33 seconds
Download Ultra HD movie (50 GB) 11.5 hours 7 minutes

 About GCI:

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere.  More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com/about.