July 25, 2017
Dalton Highway no longer one of the longest stretches of highway without cell coverage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—GCI today announced that it has completed a new wireless tower near Coldfoot, Alaska bringing the first voice and high speed data service to Dalton Highway traffic.
Until now, travelers on the 415-mile long Dalton Highway have communicated by Citizens Band radio or satellite phone – there has been no cell coverage,” said Jimmy Sipes, VP of GCI Network Services. “GCI’s new tower, located near mile 175, will enable people to connect at Coldfoot. This is the first of several towers we will be building along the Haul Road as we continue to expand GCI’s wireless coverage for Dalton Highway travelers.”
The new tower cost about $500,000 and took a year to permit, construct and integrate into the GCI wireless network. The tower provides wireless coverage along 15 miles of the Dalton Highway. GCI is planning other wireless towers along the road as part of a $30 million project to expand and upgrade wireless communication throughout the state.
As many as 250 trucks use the Dalton Highway each day. It’s been called one of the world’s 10 scariest roads. Until now, it is believed to be the longest highway without cell coverage in the U.S.
GCI has been connecting Alaskans for nearly 40 years and provides data, wireless, video, voice and managed services throughout Alaska and the Lower 48. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com.