GCI signs on as official media sponsor, wireless provider for 2014 Arctic Winter Games

February 19, 2014

Tom Zulz, GCI Director of Interior Region
(907) 374-3139; tzulz@gci.com

Cherie Solie, Arctic Winter Games Sponsorship Manager
(907) 456-2014; csolie@awg2014.com


Anchorage, Alaska – As the official media sponsor of the 2014 Arctic Winter Games, GCI will provide live TV coverage, online streaming and Video on Demand viewing options. Having these different viewing options, both live and on demand, will give athletes and fans in Alaska and around the world the opportunity to enjoy the Games. In addition, GCI is the official wireless provider to the Games. Arctic Winter Games organizers will be using 200 smartphones provided by GCI to coordinate, communicate and keep the event running smoothly. Combined, these services bring the GCI media sponsorship value to nearly $150,000.

On February 25th, GCI’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Sales Paul Landes will present a check to the Arctic Winter Games during the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon, which begins at noon at the Carlson Center. This event is open to the media.

“GCI has gone above and beyond in helping us bring the 2014 Arctic Winter Games to the circumpolar world,” said Cherie Solie, sponsorship manager for the games. “As a leading provider of integrated communication services in Alaska we are so pleased to have them on board as the official media sponsor and wireless provider.  GCI’s services will make a lasting impact by connecting thousands of participants and spectators at the Games and their fans across the circumpolar North.”

“The Arctic Winter Games is about more than just athletic competition,” said Landes. “It is a celebration of culture and community, and we are proud to be part of such a monumental event. As a longtime active member of the Fairbanks community and across Alaska, it makes sense for GCI to assist however we can.”

About the Arctic Winter Games
The Arctic Winter Games is the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event, and is a celebration of athletic completion, culture, friendship and cooperation between northern contingents. The 2014 games in Fairbanks will feature more than 2,000 participants from Alaska and across the circumpolar north, competing in 20 different sports ranging from arctic sports to wrestling.

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.