GCI and Alaska Communications form the Alaska Wireless Network (AWN), combining their mobile assets, Wi-Fi networks, wireless towers, radio/antennas, backhaul/ transport facilities and voice/data cores.
RCA approves GCI’s purchase of Eyecom Inc’s television facilities in Girdwood
GCI received notice that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (“RUS”) had approved United Utilities, Inc’s application for an $88 million loan/grant combination to extend terrestrial broadband service for the first time to Bristol Bay and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (“Y-K Delta”), an area roughly the size of the state of North Dakota. United Utilities, Inc. (“UUI”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of GCI.
Cycle30, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of GCI announced it would provide hosted billing services for telecommunications, cable and utility providers. The services include all major billing, ordering, provisioning, mediation and revenue assurance functions needed by mid-tier telecom, cable and utility operators in North America.
GCI appoints Tina Pidgeon the position of senior vice president of governmental affairs and senior counsel.
GCI’s Board of Directors approves an increase in the GCI stock repurchase program.
GCI announces build of Southeast Alaska Fiber Optic System that will connect Ketchikan, Petersburg, Wrangell, Angoon and Sitka to Juneau and the Alaska United Fiber Optic system. GCI rolls out local phone service in Seward.
GCI successfully transitions all traffic to Galaxy 18 satellite providing Alaska rural telecommunication services for the next 14 years.
GCI completes purchase of communications subsidiaries of United Companies, Inc. Purchased to accelerate rollout of mobile wireless service in rural Alaska and enhance telemedicine and distance learning.
GCI contributes Fiber capacity to University of Alaska worth and estimated $30 million to help with education.
GCI Closes $29.5 Million Investment in Alaska Digitel, LLC.
GCI to purchase communications operations of United Companies, Inc. Access to regional long-haul microwave network and local exchange company workforce will facilitate deployment of GCI’s rural wireless solution to 60 rural Alaska communities.
GCI rolls out local phone service in Eagle River, Chugiak, Peters Creek, Ketchikan, Wasilla, Sitka, Soldotna and Kenai.
GCI acquires Barrow Cable TV.
GCI signs agreement to sell Dobson Communications Wireless Services in Alaska.
GCI launches GCI phone directory.
GCI announces the building of a fiber optic cable connecting Seward, Alaska and Warrenton, Oregon. The 1,544- statute mile cable has a total design capacity of 640 Gigabits per second access speed. The Cable will complement GCI’s existing fiber optic cable between Whittier, Alaska and Seattle, Washington.
GCI initiates facilities-based local telephone competition in Juneau.
GCI acquires the 800-mile fiber optic cable that follows the TransAlaska pipeline. GCI fiber optic facilities now extend from the major energy producing region of Alaska to lower 48 states.
GCI extends its highly successful School Access service to 22 rural schools located in Arizona and New Mexico.
GCI initiates facilities-based local telephone competition in Fairbanks.
GCI announces it will install retail high-speed Internet access in all Alaska communities with GCI facilities. Cable modem service in all locations with cable TV plant by 2002; wireless Internet access in 140 villages by 2004.
GCI acquires Rogers Cable, Inc., a cable TV provider serving the Palmer/Wasilla communities. More than 7,000 subscribers with 10,000 homes passed came with the deal.
GCI announces it will begin interconnection proceedings to launch local telephone service in 10 Alaska communities located in Interior and the Kenai Peninsula.
GCI acquires capacity on the Galaxy Xr satellite. This capacity will meet GCI’s needs to for the next 12 years.
GCI launches digital cable TV in the Fairbanks market.
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska approves GCI’s interconnection agreement to provide local telephone service in Fairbanks and Juneau. Service is expected to commence in late 2001.
GCI local telephone market share in Anchorage grows to 30 percent. GCI estimates that consumers saved more than $18 million in three years as a result of facilities-based competition.
After two years of service, 25 percent of retail Internet customers have cable modems. GCI estimates that Alaskans sign up for the high-speed service at three times the national average.
GCI takes delivery of its new $125 million fiber optic cable system. The 2,331-mile cable connects Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau to Seattle and brings significant telecommunication capacity to Alaska’s growing Internet, video, data and data markets.
GCI rolls out free unlimited Internet access with long-distance. Within six months, GCI becomes the state’s largest Internet service provider. Depending on location, services delivered are: dial-up, cable modem, DSL, dedicated Internet access service and distance education services.
GCI begins construction of Alaska United Fiber Optic Cable System linking Alaska’s major population centers with the Lower 48 states.
GCI launches cable modem Internet access in Anchorage, with services in Juneau and Fairbanks commencing in 1999.
GCI completes $8 million cable capital improvement project to provide Anchorage and surrounding communities with digital cable.
GCI named to the Standard & Poor’s SmallCap 600 Index–a first for any Alaska company.
GCI completes a global financing plan raising a total of $556 million to be used for construction of facilities throughout Alaska.
GCI completes phase one of its Metropolitan Area Network in Fairbanks.
GCI initiates facilities-based local telephone service in Anchorage.
Federal Telecommunication Act passes mandating competition among all sectors of the telecommunication industry.
GCI purchases three leading cable television companies in the state for $286 million. This transaction provides the company with a wired network passing 76 percent of the state’s households. It allows GCI to add video to its suite of services, as well as, access to a broadband distribution network for its planned delivery of integrated voice, video and data services.
GCI completes phase one of its Metropolitan Area Network in Anchorage. This fiber optic ring provides high-speed data connectivity and serves as the distribution backbone for GCI’s future local telephone service.
GCI is awarded a license to provide personal communication services (PCS) for the entire state. The license was purchased for $1.7 million in a FCC auction.
GCI obtains permission from the Alaska Public Utilities Commission and the FCC to demonstrate its advanced satellite communication technology in rural Alaska. Prior to this, competitive services were not permitted. GCI uses DAMA technology, developed through a partnership with Scientific Atlanta, to significantly reduce satellite delay while improving quality. In 1996, GCI constructs earth stations in 56 rural locations.
GCI enters into a lease/purchases transaction with Hughes communication to secure sufficient C-band and Ku-band satellite coverage for the entire state.
GCI forms strategic alliance with MCI Communications. This alliance allows the company to access MCI’s global network and services in exchange for terminating northbound traffic.
GCI awarded multi-year, exclusive outsource contract with BP Exploration, Alaska to assume management responsibilities for all telecommunication and computer networking assets. Similar contracts are later obtained with National Bank of Alaska and First National Bank of Anchorage.
GCI purchases capacity on the North Pacific Cable, the only fiber optic cable linking Alaska with the contiguous United States and foreign countries.
GCI settles anti-trust litigation and receives payment of $27.5 million.
GCI becomes a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: GNCMA). Prior to this, GCI was a wholly-owned subsidiary of WestMarc Communications, Inc, formerly Western Tele-Communications, Inc. In January, WSMC distributes all outstanding shares of GCI to its stockholders.
GCI files anti-trust lawsuit against Alascom for conspiracy to monopolize the Alaska market.
GCI constructs facilities and carries its first long distance call on Thanksgiving Day.
GCI incorporates in Alaska. It is founded by two Alaska entrepreneurs, Bob Walp and Ron Duncan.