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Heather Handyside
GCI, Vice President, Corporate Communications
2550 Denali Street, Suite 1000; Anchorage; AK 99503
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GCI completes 50th 5G wireless site upgrade

6/30/2020

With the recent completion of the 50th Hometown 5G site upgrade, GCI’s wireless network in Anchorage is faster than ever! GCI remains on track to complete the project by year’s end and deliver cutting-edge mobile service across Alaska’s largest city. Read more »

2020 GCI Suicide Prevention Fund accepting grant applications through July 15

6/26/2020

Non-profit organizations working to prevent suicide in Alaska have until July 15 to apply for the 2020 GCI Suicide Prevention Fund. GCI has committed $100,000 to this year’s round of grants. Read more »

PCMag names GCI Alaska’s fastest ISP of 2020

6/23/2020

PCMag.com has, for the fifth-straight year, named GCI Alaska’s fastest ISP! GCI set a new record in 2020, clocking in with a 134 PCMag Speed Index (PSI) score – a roughly 30 percent increase over last year. Read more »

GCI, Wells Fargo partner on $20,000 donation to Providence Alaska

6/22/2020

GCI and Wells Fargo combined philanthropic forces in support of Alaska’s health care workers. The two companies partnered on a $20,000 joint matching gift to Providence Health & Services Alaska. The donation helps support Providence Alaska’s COVID-19 response. Read more »

GCI launches new Summit mobile plan

6/18/2020

Alaskans now have access to the next level of wireless service with the launch of GCI’s new Summit mobile plan! The new, top-tier mobile plan includes more high-speed data than ever before. Read more »

GCI launches ‘Wander AK Wednesdays’ to promote local tourism

6/16/2020

To help bolster Alaska’s tourism industry this summer, GCI has launched “Wander AK Wednesdays” in partnership with the Alaska Travel Industry Association to promote local travel offers and encourage Alaskans to support one of the state’s biggest economic engines. Read more »

GCI customers in Anchorage are first in Alaska to experience true 5G wireless service

6/9/2020

GCI customers in Anchorage can now experience Alaska’s first true 5G service! The ground-breaking Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+ 5G and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G are now equipped to receive a software update to enable 5G capabilities. GCI customers who successfully installed the update will now see a 5G icon on the Galaxy S20 5G series of devices when in a GCI 5G service area. GCI customers will be able to access 5G service as more 5G-enabled devices become available to consumers nationwide. Read more »

GCI awards $46,000 in scholarships to 23 Alaska students

6/2/2020

Twenty-three Alaska students from communities across the state will each receive $2,000 for the 2020-21 academic year through the GCI Scholarship Program in partnership with the Alaska Community Foundation. The program was launched more than 20 years ago to help develop and grow Alaska’s next generation of leaders. Read more »

T-Mobile is First with 5G in all 50 States! Customers Get 5G Coverage in Alaska Through GCI Partnership

6/1/2020

The country’s one and only nationwide 5G network just got nationwide-r, expanding its footprint with partner coverage! T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) and GCI today announced a historic partnership, immediately allowing T-Mobile customers with 5G smartphones to tap into 5G while roaming in Anchorage, Alaska, making T-Mobile the first and only wireless provider to offer 5G coverage in all 50 states! The new partnership also gives GCI customers roaming access to T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network, America’s largest, covering more than one million square miles and nearly 6,000 cities and towns. Read more »

GCI to continue presenting sponsorship of Special Olympics Alaska

5/29/2020

GCI has once again signed on to be the presenting sponsor of Special Olympics Alaska. GCI’s multi-year commitment is a significant contribution that will support Special Olympics Alaska’s staff, programs, athletes and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the state. Read more »

GCI announces sale of NBC stations in southeast Alaska markets

5/28/2020

GCI subsidiary Denali Media Holdings (DMH) today announced the sale of its NBC affiliates in southeast Alaska to Gray Television. The sale includes KATH and KSCT stations in the Juneau and Sitka markets. Read more »

GCI network’s peak usage increases as much as 44% during COVID-19

5/12/2020

Networks across the nation have been put to the test in the months since the coronavirus pandemic began. GCI has regularly seen 25% higher-than-normal usage during peak hours throughout the pandemic, with its highest spike coming in late-April, clocking in at a staggering 44% higher-than-normal peak usage. Read more »

GCI on track to complete buildout of nation’s northernmost 5G network

5/1/2020

On April 17, GCI officially launched the nation’s northernmost 5G wireless network and today Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider hit a new project milestone: Thirty-two GCI cell sites are now fully upgraded to 5G. Those sites represent 45% of the 70 Anchorage sites GCI intends to upgrade in 2020. Read more »

GCI cuts the ribbon on Alaska’s first 5G service

4/20/2020

It’s official: 5G has arrived in Alaska! In partnership with industry leader Ericsson, GCI turned up its first 5G cell sites in Anchorage, becoming the northernmost 5G wireless carrier in the nation. Read more »

GCI employees devote two workdays to sewing masks for fellow Alaskans

4/10/2020

Crafty GCI employees are stepping up to the plate (and the sewing machine) and using GCI’s Employee Volunteer Program to sew much-needed cloth masks to donate to local agencies. Read more »

GCI supports students in Unalaska through telecommunication partnership with OptimERA

4/9/2020

To support community members and students in Alaska working from home and those home due to closures in response to COVID-19, GCI announced a collaboration with OptimERA, Inc. that will support the expanding need for connectivity at home. Read more »

GCI donation supports Camp Fire Alaska’s Emergency Child Care Program

4/6/2020

GCI announced today it will donate 36 Wi-Fi-enabled Samsung tablets to Camp Fire Alaska, an organization opening its doors to provide childcare for first responders, health care workers and others who have been classified as a critical worker. The tablets will allow the children to continue with schoolwork during this time. Camp Fire Alaska’s emergency child care sites opened Monday, April 6 with locations in Eagle River and Anchorage. Read more »

GCI’s network holds strong as usage significantly increases

4/2/2020

More Alaskans than ever before are taking advantage of GCI’s high-speed internet service. Despite substantial increases in usage and the number of devices connected at once, GCI’s network continues to deliver the crucial, reliable connectivity that Alaskans depend on. Read more »

‘Eskimo Ninja’ Nick Hanson leads live, at-home workout series with GCI

3/31/2020

NBC “American Ninja Warrior” competitor Nick Hanson, known locally as the Eskimo Ninja, will stream a series of live, at-home workouts on GCI’s Facebook page to promote activity and mental health while Alaskans are staying in their homes and practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The live workouts will broadcast from Hanson’s Unalakleet home every Thursday at noon Alaska Standard Time. Read more »

GCI extends scholarship deadline through April 15

3/30/2020

Alaska students will have a little extra time this Spring to send in their applications for the next round of the GCI Scholarship Program. In light of precautionary measures and concerns regarding COVID-19, GCI has extended the application deadline for its statewide scholarship program, which will distribute $100,000 in scholarships for the next academic year. Read more »

GCI pivots to meet unprecedented demand for service

3/27/2020

As Alaskans hunker down and practice social distancing to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider is developing new ways of doing business to keep customers and employees safe while responding to unprecedented demands for service. Read more »

GCI continues support of nonprofit partners through challenging times

3/26/2020

GCI announced today it remains committed to its 2020 nonprofit partnerships through its philanthropic program, GCI Gives. All existing funding commitments for events in Spring of 2020 will remain unchanged in the wake of the current coronavirus pandemic. Read more »

GCI supports students in Western Alaska through telecommunication partnership

3/25/2020

To support community members and students in Western Alaska working from home and those home due to closures in response to COVID-19, GCI announced a collaboration with Bristol Bay Telephone Cooperative Inc., Nushagak Electric and Telephone Cooperative, and Bush-Tell, Inc. that will support the expanding need for connectivity at home. Read more »

GCI offers free internet upgrades through May 31

3/20/2020

In response to COVID-19, many Alaskans are working from home, adopting new social-distancing behaviors and managing students who are home from school due to closures. To support this new way of living and doing business, GCI today announced special packages to support Alaskans’ expanding need for connectivity at home. Read more »

GCI announces temporary public closure of many urban retail stores

3/17/2020

GCI announced today that it will be closing many of its urban retail stores to the public in order to promote social distancing and to help meet the growing demand of customers who are calling, rather than visiting, local Anchorage and Mat-Su locations. The change is the most-recent step that Alaska’s largest telecommunications company has taken in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Read more »

GCI continues its support for 62nd Annual Beaver Round-Up

2/26/2020

From basketball and virtual reality games to chili cook-offs and the blanket toss, hundreds of Southwest Alaska residents are gathering in Dillingham this week for the 62nd Annual Beaver Round-Up. GCI, a longtime sponsor of the event, has donated $5,000 and a technology prize for this year’s festivities. Read more »

GCI fiber project upgrades Port of Alaska connectivity

2/24/2020

Supporting Alaska’s maritime muscle, GCI is wrapping up the first phase of a project to deliver fiber optic connectivity to the Port of Alaska in Anchorage and laying the groundwork to extend that service to other shipping stakeholders in the area. Crews broke ground in November 2019 on the more than $600,000 project and have worked throughout the winter to install 3.5 miles of fiber optic cable to the Port, enabling it and nearby businesses to take advantages of GCI’s top-notch connectivity. Read more »

GCI announces 2020 philanthropy vision at annual Valentine’s Day event

2/14/2020

GCI announced today that its robust philanthropy program, GCI Gives, will donate $2 million in direct funding, in-kind services and products to Alaska organizations in 2020. This is consistent with the Alaska-born-and-raised company’s past donations. Over the last five years, GCI Gives has donated more than $10 million in cash, products, scholarships and grants to Alaska organizations. GCI’s grants and giving are focused in six key areas: cultural arts and innovation, education, healthy communities, youth, animals, and public safety. In 2020, GCI will support more than 150 Alaska nonprofit organizations in addition to continuing its Suicide Prevention Fund and GCI Scholarship Program. Read more »

Begin the Next Decade of the Galaxy with the Galaxy S20 on GCI

2/11/2020

GCI announced plans this week to make the new Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra available to customers starting March 6, 2020. The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra will all be available in various, classic colors. Pre-orders for the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra begin Feb. 20, 2020, at 8:01 p.m. AKST. Read more »

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