March 6, 2015
GCI Provides Enhanced Network And Support Services Along The Trail
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – For the 22nd year, GCI is proud to sponsor the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, “The Last Great Race on Earth.” As the official communications provider for the Iditarod, GCI will provide an enhanced network, including broadband and wireless services, for improved communications along the trail.
As a premier sponsor and the communications partner, GCI will bring connectivity to more than 75 mushers at each checkpoint, as well as 24/7 communication support services and equipment to safety and logistics teams at key checkpoints along the route.
“The Iditarod is Alaska’s most cherished race. GCI is proud to power Iditarod communications on Alaska’s largest network,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “We understand how important it is for racers, officials and fans to be connected along the trail, which is why we’re providing services to everyone involved in the race, even in some of Alaska’s harshest conditions.”
Since 1994, GCI has also sponsored the Dorothy G. Page Halfway Award, which includes a trophy and gold nuggets valued at $3,000, that is presented to the first musher to reach the halfway point. Given in honor of the late “Mother of the Iditarod,” the award will be presented in Huslia.
The 2015 Iditarod will kick off with the ceremonial start in Anchorage on Saturday, March 7, where GCI will paint Fourth Avenue red with 1,000 red balloons and more than 1,500 beanies for fans. For the second time in history, the Iditarod restart will be held in Fairbanks on Monday, March 9, and finish in Nome the following week.
Live coverage of the Iditarod ceremonial start, restart and finish will be available statewide on GCI Channel 1 and KTVA Channel 11. Rebroadcasts of Iditarod coverage will be available on GCI Video on Demand. To learn more about the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and GCI’s sponsorship, visit www.iditarod.com.
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.
David Morris, 907-265-5396
VP, Corporate Communications,