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Five new wireless sites extends GCI lightning-fast LTE service across Sitka


From the ferry terminal to Whale Park, Sitkans are enjoying greatly expanded LTE service with the addition of five new local sites – four along Halibut Point Road and one on Sawmill Creek Road. Read more »

GCI helps ease impact of government shutdown for federal employees


GCI customers who work for the federal government and are affected by the partial shutdown can now set up payment plans for GCI services for the duration of the event. Read more »

GCI’s Paul Landes wins statewide award for extensive philanthropic efforts


In recognition of his extraordinary efforts to support Alaska’s non-profit community, the Alaska Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has named GCI Senior Vice President of Consumer Services Paul Landes as the organization’s 2018 Outstanding Philanthropist. Read more »

GCI’s Heather Handyside promoted to Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Engagement


GCI, Alaska’s largest technology company, recently promoted Heather Handyside to Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Engagement (CCCE) within the company’s Legal and Policy department. In her new role, Handyside and the CCCE team will bring even greater focus and intensity to GCI’s external messaging on policy issues. Read more »

GCI waives fees for data, calls and texts to those affected by Alaska earthquake, supports regional chapter of American Red Cross


In response to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Alaska Friday morning, GCI will waive additional usage fees associated with voice calls, texts and data for wireless and home phone customers who live in the affected areas of Anchorage, Eagle River and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Read more »

GCI brings nation’s fastest internet speeds to one of America’s northernmost military bases


Military members and their families stationed in Alaska’s Interior just got even more connected with the launch of GCI’s 1 GIG internet service at Ft. Greely. Due to GCI’s aggressive investment in 1 GIG deployment, more than 77 percent of Alaskans have access to 1 GIG internet speeds on GCI’s cutting-edge fiber optic network. Read more »

GCI unveils wireless upgrades in two Southeast communities


GCI customers in Southeast Alaska are even more connected this fall with the launch of LTE wireless upgrades in Petersburg and Wrangell. Read more »

Special Olympics Alaska, GCI, Alaska Community Foundation announce $2M endowment


GCI, Special Olympics Alaska and the Alaska Community Foundation today announced a successful fundraising effort to jumpstart an endowment in honor of Jim Balamaci, the late president and CEO of Special Olympics Alaska. The initial $1 million goal ultimately resulted in $2 million being pledged. Additionally, Balamaci’s nearly four decades of dedication to the athletes and community he loved so much is commemorated through the official dedication of the Special Olympics Alaska Jim Balamaci Training Center. Read more »

GCI Submits Application for Review to the FCC in Response to Wireline Competition Bureau Decision


GCI, the leading provider of connectivity in rural Alaska, submitted an appeal to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on November 9 citing its objection to the recent Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) decision to reduce Rural Health Care (RHC) program payments to the Alaska carrier by 26% for services already delivered to rural customers in 2017. Read more »

Aaron Helmericks joins GCI Business team


GCI Business is pleased to announce the addition of Aaron Helmericks as the Senior Director of Projects and Engineering. Helmericks brings a wide range of experience to the position with more than 15 years of oil and gas, telecom, and IT design and operations. Read more »

iPhone XR arrives at GCI on Friday, October 26


GCI today announced it will offer iPhone XR, bringing the latest iPhone innovations to more people. The iPhone XR will be available in GCI stores starting on Friday, October 26. For complete pricing details, please visit Read more »

GCI expands wireless coverage on the way to Seward


As the brilliant colors of fall make way for winter flurries on the Kenai Peninsula, GCI is wrapping up another section of its LTE wireless service expansion on the peninsula – a two-year, $6.3 million project. Read more »

GCI waives fees for calls, texts to Mexico in response to Hurricane Willa


In response to Hurricane Willa making landfall along Mexico’s gulf coast, GCI will waive all fees associated with voice calls and texts to the country through October 30. Read more »

GCI will boost Sitka data speeds with five new sites


Sitkans who are currently enjoying new LTE wireless service in the downtown area will see even bigger benefits as GCI expands its wireless network, the largest in Alaska, by five additional local sites in the coming months. Read more »

GCI Disputes Cut to FCC Rural Health Care Funding


GCI, the leading provider of connectivity in rural Alaska, disputes the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau’s recent decision to reduce federal support for rural health care providers in the state. The decision exceeds the Bureau’s authority and is based upon unreasonable and unexplained interpretations of FCC decisions and rules. Read more »

GCI wrapping up multi-million dollar upgrade project on Kenai Peninsula


From Summit Lake to Homer and Moose Pass to Seward, Alaskans are better-connected now than ever before as GCI nears completion of a two-year, $6.3 million LTE wireless expansion project on the Kenai Peninsula. The upgrades not only allow GCI customers to share photos and stories from some of their favorite fishing spots, but also improves access to emergency services when road trips and outdoor adventures don’t quite go according to plan. Read more »

GCI upgrades Wireless Emergency Alerts system in Alaska in time to take part in first-ever national FEMA test


This week, GCI wireless customers will receive a test message through the national Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, a federal program designed to warn Americans about imminent threats to life or property. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is scheduled to conduct its first-ever wireless emergency alert test at 10:18 a.m., Wednesday, October 3 when the agency will send a text message to wireless phones across the nation. Read more »

GCI ups internet ante, bringing 1 GIG speeds to Homer


HOMER, Alaska – Gigabit internet has reached “the end of the road,” as noted broadcaster and author Tom Bodett would say. Homer residents now join the more than 77 percent of Alaskans with access to 1 GIG internet speeds on GCI’s cutting edge fiber optic network. Read more »

GCI joins growing list of carriers across nation providing wireless emergency alerts to customers


From earthquakes to tsunamis, Alaskans are no strangers to the prospect of natural disasters. GCI wireless customers will now receive enhanced messages through the national Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, allowing them to be alerted of imminent threats to safety or life. Read more »

GCI Suicide Prevention Grant contributes $130,000 to fund 10 programs statewide


The 2018 GCI Suicide Prevention Grant, administered by the Alaska Community Foundation, will distribute over $130,000 to 10 recipient organizations this year, funding programs that are contributing to necessary suicide prevention efforts across Alaska. GCI continued the program after the success of its 2017 Suicide Prevention Grant. Read more »

GCI to deliver 1 GIG internet speeds to even more Mat-Su residents


More than 1,700 Mat-Su homes will gain access to lightning-fast 1 GIG internet speeds, as GCI expands its fiber network into the Meadow Lakes area. The $4 million project covers 60 square miles and brings Meadow Lakes residents the same speeds they would enjoy in major metropolitan areas, like Los Angeles or Atlanta. Read more »

New Samsung Galaxy Note9 Coming Soon to GCI Customers


The next-generation Samsung smartphone will be available soon in GCI stores across the state. The Galaxy Note9 is optimized for productivity and entertainment with the best in battery life, storage, speed, gaming, multi-tasking, and more on any Note device yet. The new Galaxy Note9 will be available to customers on Alaska’s largest LTE network on Friday, August 24. Read more »

GCI customers get a boost from LTE service in downtown Sitka


SITKA, Alaska – GCI customers in Sitka are enjoying new, lightning-fast LTE wireless service on Alaska’s largest wireless network. Recent upgrades to two GCI wireless sites in the downtown area mean faster service—even inside buildings—over a broader coverage area that extends from SeaMart to Jamestown Drive and includes the airport and downtown harbors. Read more »

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