fiber re:D In the News

News Release – October 5, 2014
Liz Baker, Thompson & Co. PR;
 907-561-4488 (o) 907-310-6100 (c)
; liz@thompsonpr.com

GCI Announces Plans To Bring 1-gigabit Fiber re:D Broadband Service To Fairbanks

GCI Announces Plans To Bring 1-gigabit Fiber re:D Broadband Service To Fairbanks

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Today GCI announced that, as part of its quest to re:DEFINE broadband in Alaska, it will be bringing fiber re:D broadband to Fairbanks before the end of 2016. This 1-gigabit broadband service will not only be the fastest Internet available in Alaska but will be comparable to the fastest speeds available in the entire United States.

“For more than 30 years, GCI has been committed to providing Alaskans the latest communications technology, and providing Fairbanks with the fastest possible broadband speeds with our fiber re:D service will be another example of that,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “At GCI, we know that people use technology to enhance their experiences throughout every aspect of life, and as Alaska’s premier telecommunications provider we’re proud to deliver this enhanced service to the Fairbanks community.”

Earlier this year GCI launched 4G LTE service in Fairbanks, providing increased speeds to GCI wireless customers with LTE-capable devices at no additional cost. GCI continues to improve its 4G LTE network in the Golden Heart City and around the state, and these upgrades give people a chance to download, stream multimedia and enjoy other online activities faster. Since being founded in 1979, GCI has invested more than $2 billion to bring the latest telecommunication technologies to Alaska, reflecting the company’s ongoing commitment to the innovation Alaska needs to support industry, education, health care, job growth and livability for today and the future.

The exciting developments regarding Fairbanks’ access to the fastest Internet and wireless speeds available were announced at today’s GCI Tech Quest, which brought the community to downtown Fairbanks for a scavenger hunt and offered event participants the opportunity to win a wide variety of prizes. In order to host this fun, family-friendly event, GCI partnered with a number of outstanding, community-minded local businesses, including Arctic Traveler’s Gift Shop, Jade Resale Boutique and Gifts, Lady Lee’s Antiques Emporium, Rock Valley Boutique, World Eskimo-Indian Olympics and Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race.

The grand prizes, the newly released and much sought-after smartphone and phablet, were awarded to one lucky winner, and Alaska Airlines also thrilled the crowd by giving away six round-trip tickets to anywhere the airline flies. In total, prizes awarded at today’s GCI Fairbanks Tech Quest are valued at approximately $15,000.
“It was exciting to see six people walk away as winners of round-trip tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies, and we know they will have a wonderful trip when they head to their dream destination,” said Alaska Airlines Regional Vice President Marilyn Romano.

In honor of GCI’s bringing upgraded re:D service to Fairbanks and on the heels of the company’s 4G LTE upgrade in the Golden Heart City, GCI presented additional Tech Quest winners with technology prizes, including five Apple iPhone 5s, five Samsung Galaxy S5 and nine Apple iPad Air, as well as five vouchers for a full year of a premium TV network subscriptions.

To ensure that everyone attending was truly a winner, GCI also gifted each participant with a free Video on Demand coupon, headphones and a GCI Great Alaska Shootout basketball.

Additional information about GCI is available at www.gci.com. Details specific to fiber re:D broadband service can be found at www.gci.com/getfibered, or by calling 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.


News Release – September 27, 2014
Liz Baker, Thompson & Co. PR;
 907-561-4488 (o) 907-310-6100 (c)
; liz@thompsonpr.com

GCI announces plans to bring 1-gigabit fiber re:D broadband to Juneau

Announcements about 1-gigabit broadband service, speed test results & local winners made at today’s GCI Tech Quest

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Today GCI announced that, as part of its quest to re:DEFINE broadband in Alaska, it will be bringing fiber re:D broadband to Juneau before the end of 2016. This 1-gigabit broadband service will not only be the fastest Internet available in Alaska but will be comparable to the fastest speeds available in the entire United States.

“For more than 30 years, GCI has been committed to providing Alaskans with the latest communications technology, and providing Juneau with the fastest possible broadband speeds through our fiber re:D service will be another example of that,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “At GCI, we know that people use technology to enhance their experiences throughout every aspect of life, and as Alaska’s premier telecommunications provider we’re proud to deliver this enhanced service to the Juneau community.”

In addition to upgraded Internet service, GCI was also pleased to announce today that its 4G LTE wireless service is four times faster than other providers. In an independent, third-party speed test, GCI provided significantly faster wireless service than either AT&T or Verizon in Juneau.

The exciting developments in Juneau’s access to the fastest Internet and wireless speeds available were announced at today’s GCI Tech Quest, which brought the community to downtown Juneau for a scavenger hunt and offered event participants the opportunity to win a wide variety of prizes. In order to host this fun, family-friendly event, GCI partnered with a number of outstanding, community-minded local businesses, including El Sombrero, Heritage Coffee Company, Red Dog Saloon, the Senate Building and Westmark Baranof Hotel.

The grand prizes, the newly released and much sought-after smartphone and phablet, were awarded to one lucky winner, and Alaska Airlines also thrilled the crowd by giving away five round-trip tickets to anywhere the airline flies. In total, prizes awarded at today’s GCI Juneau Tech Quest are valued at approximately $15,000.

“It was exciting to see five people walk away as winners of round-trip tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies, and we know they will have a wonderful trip when they head to their dream destination,” said Alaska Airlines Regional Vice President Marilyn Romano.

In honor of GCI’s bringing upgraded re:D service to Juneau and on the heels of the wireless speed test, the company presented additional GCI Tech Quest winners with technology prizes, including five Apple iPhone 5s, five Samsung Galaxy S5 and nine Apple iPad Air 16GB, as well as five vouchers for a full year of a premium TV network subscription. Tech Quest prizes are nontransferable.

To ensure that everyone attending was truly a winner, GCI gifted each participant with a free Video on Demand coupon, headphones and a GCI Great Alaska Shootout basketball.

Additional information about GCI is available at www.gci.com. Details specific to fiber re:D broadband service can be found at www.gci.com/getfibered, or by calling 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.


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.


February 27, 2014 – Here is your fiber re:D update


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


January 17, 2014 – Here is your fiber re:D update!


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.