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GCI Suicide Prevention Fund now accepting applications for 2021 grant program


From now through July 30, nonprofits in Alaska working to lower suicide rates can apply for the 2021 GCI Suicide Prevention Fund. Since 2017, GCI has contributed over $500,000 to nonprofits that help prevent and lower the rate of suicide in the state and their communities by promoting mental wellness and making community-minded connections. Read more »

GCI awards $80,000 in scholarships to 40 Alaska students


Forty Alaska students from 29 communities across the state will each receive $2,000 for the 2021-22 academic year through the GCI Scholarship Program. GCI launched the scholarship program more than 20 years ago to help develop and grow Alaska’s next generation of leaders. Read more »

GCI customers adopting super-fast internet 4 times faster than national rate


Americans are adopting 1 gig internet faster than ever, but GCI customers are upping their home internet speeds even more quickly in Alaska. In fact, GCI customers have signed up for 1 gig internet service at four times the national rate. Read more »

GCI submarine cable expert travels to Aleutian Islands as company preps for game-changing fiber project


Bruce Rein, a 24-year GCI employee and subsea fiber expert, is bringing his international cable-laying experience to the GCI AU-Aleutians Fiber Project team. Rein is currently onboard the F/V Norseman II conducting the first phase of the marine cable route survey for the bold, two-year project that will deliver urban-like internet speeds and help close the digital divide in the region. Read more »

GCI donates $10,000 to Unalaska Women’s Shelter and Food Bank


GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider, announced a $10,000 donation to the Unalaska Women’s Shelter and Food Bank. The facility serves as a safe space for women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes. Read more »

ABC, FOX, CW channels restored for GCI customers


GCI announced today that it has reached an agreement with Vision Alaska and Coastal Television to broadcast ABC, FOX and CW channels for its customers statewide. Read more »

GCI Aleutians Fiber Project enters next phase, launches marine survey


GCI has launched the marine survey for the AU-Aleutians Fiber Project, which will deliver high-speed broadband connectivity to some of the most remote communities in the nation. The survey, conducted by an Alaska-based company and crew, marks a significant milestone in the multi-year, multi-million dollar project. GCI is on track to meet its ambitious goal of delivering fiber service to Unalaska in late 2022. Read more »

GCI reveals landmark commitment to bring 10 gig internet speeds to Alaska, will deliver 2 gig in 2022


GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company and leader in technology and connectivity, announced today it will deliver 2 gig internet access to 77% of Alaskans in 2022 and is on track to provide 10 gig speeds in the next five years. GCI will be the first in the state, and among the first in the country, to make 2 gig widely available to customers, highlighting its commitment to expand and improve connectivity in Alaska. Read more »

GCI supports Iḷisaġvik College Pre-College Summer Camp with $10,000 donation


GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, recently made a $10,000 contribution to Iḷisaġvik College and its Pre-College Summer Camp program. The donation ensures students have access to a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Iñupiat culture, language and traditions. Read more »

GCI launches program to provide free internet to Alaskans in need


GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider, today announced it will deliver free internet to Alaskans in need as part of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP). The EBBP, a temporary program the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced earlier this year, will provide internet to qualifying households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. GCI will offer its standard internet plan for free to those who qualify. Read more »

GCI, Wells Fargo partner to make AU-Aleutians Fiber Project a reality


GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, is working with longtime partner Wells Fargo to support GCI’s AU-Aleutians Fiber Project through the bank’s New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) group. Wells Fargo acted as the NMTC investor through another valued partner—Clearinghouse CDFI. Clearinghouse acted as the community development entity (CDE) providing the NMTC allocation. Read more »

GCI’s Victor Esposito elected to Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers board of directors


GCI Vice President of Engineering Victor Esposito has been elected to the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) board of directors. SCTE, a subsidiary of CableLabs, has been a cable telecommunications leader for more than 50 years and is critical for the advancement of technology, standards and workforce education within the industry. Read more »

GCI supports the FCC’s effort to launch a national 3-digit suicide prevention lifeline


Providers across the country are taking steps to prepare their networks and customers for the implementation of a nationwide three-digit number to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is scheduled to launch in 2022. To lay the groundwork for the life-saving service, the Federal Communications Commission has directed connectivity providers nationwide to require 10-digit dialing for all calls by October 24, 2021. As the state’s largest telecommunications company, GCI and its subsidiary, United Utilities, Inc. (UUI), are helping to ensure Alaskans are prepared to make the change from seven-digit dialing to 10-digit dialing for all calls. Read more »

GCI mobile data speeds in Anchorage outpace other major cities


GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider, voiced its objection to a recent report by RootMetrics ranking New York City as the fastest mobile city in the country with an aggregate median download speed of 46.3 mbps. GCI’s wireless network in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, offers 2 times faster speeds with an average speed of 114.81 mbps based on 2020 drive tests. Read more »

GCI project manager moves to Unalaska to lead local oversight of AU-Aleutians Fiber Project


John Burnett, a 40-year veteran in the Alaska cable and telecommunications industry, has relocated to Unalaska to facilitate local work for GCI’s Alaska United Aleutians Fiber Project. Burnett will also serve as a resource for local community members for the duration of the ambitious $58 million high-speed internet project. Read more »

GCI commits $500,000 to support UAF’s new Alaska Esports Center


GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks are partnering to bring collegiate Esports to the next level. Through a 10-year, $500,000 commitment by GCI, UAF students at the new Alaska Esports Center will have access to lightning-fast 1 GIG internet speeds as they navigate the competitive landscape of games like Overwatch and League of Legends. Read more »

GCI expands 5G wireless coverage along Seward Highway


Less than a year after launching Alaska’s first 5G wireless network, GCI completed 5G upgrades to a wireless tower along the Seward Highway, south of Anchorage, greatly improving mobile data speeds and enhancing voice service between Bird Point and 20 Mile River. This is GCI’s 77th 5G-capable wireless site. Read more »

GCI recognizes Beverly Hoffman with Trailblazer of the Year Award


GCI’s corporate philanthropy program, GCI Gives, presented Bethel resident Beverly Hoffman with its annual Trailblazer of the Year award to recognize her role in the development of the Bethel Pool and Wellness Center, a facility that was built after years of planning, advocacy and fundraising spearheaded by Hoffman and the YK Delta Lifesavers organization. Read more »

GCI announces executive leadership promotions


GCI today announced additions to the company’s leadership team with the promotion of William Wailand to Senior Vice President, Heather Handyside to Chief Communications Officer, Duncan Whitney to Chief Product Officer, Holly Henningsen to Vice President of Consumer Sales and Operations, Manoj Manoharan to Vice President of Internet & Business Products, and Tyler Samples to Vice President of Business Finance & Administration. Read more »

GCI makes annual charitable giving commitment at virtual event


GCI Gives has committed $2 million in 2021 in direct donations, in-kind services and products to Alaska organizations, including an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. The challenges faced by so many Alaskans over the past year helped GCI realize the power of its giving more than ever. Each year, GCI donates to more than 150 Alaska nonprofits. Donations have totaled more than $12 million over the last six years. Read more »

Quintillion and GCI announce partnership to bring improved services to Nome and Kotzebue


Today, GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider, and Quintillion, the only telecommunications company providing fiber-optic broadband to Alaskan Arctic communities, announced a partnership that will deliver improved service to the residents of Nome and Kotzebue. This partnership will provide the residents of both communities access to 1 Gigabit internet speeds like those in Anchorage and Fairbanks, transforming their telecommuting and streaming entertainment options. In addition to improved internet service, the partnership will bring internet protocol television (IPTV) services and support GCI’s ongoing upgrade to 4G LTE wireless service in these communities. Read more »

GCI to award $100,000 in scholarships to Alaska students


GCI has committed $100,000 this year to support Alaska students through two different scholarships. Forty Alaska students who have decided to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) will each receive a $2,000 scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year through the GCI Scholarship Program, which can be used for tuition and books. An additional 10 scholarships will also be awarded to Alaska Pacific University students through the GCI Donovan Walsh Scholarship. Read more »

GCI donates $20,000 to Alaska Pacific University with Donovan Walsh Scholarship


In an academic year wrought with challenges and change, GCI is providing an extra boost to students through a $20,000 donation to Alaska Pacific University in honor of Donovan Walsh, an Alaskan who suddenly passed away in late August 2020. Donovan was the son of Bob Walsh, a longtime GCI employee beloved by all who have worked with him. As GCI’s Director of Rural Affairs, Bob played a key role in delivering connectivity to small, rural communities statewide. Bob retired from GCI in 2019. Read more »

GCI waits for serious offer as FOX, ABC, CW negotiations continue


GCI has received a counteroffer from Coastal Television and Vision Alaska as part an ongoing contract negotiation over programming for ABC, FOX and the CW channels in Alaska. The counteroffer, submitted in response to GCI’s December 29, 2020 proposal, fell far short of expectations and will not advance the negotiations in a meaningful way. Read more »

GCI donates $5,000 to Kotzebue Volunteer Fire Department


Even under ideal conditions, fighting fires is a challenging and dangerous undertaking. Fighting fires in the midst of a severe winter storm in Northwest Alaska is an entirely different matter, and the Kotzebue Volunteer Fire Department did just that late last year, battling a blaze that claimed the town’s popular Bayside Restaurant. To thank the brave first responders and support future response efforts, GCI has donated $5,000 to the department. Read more »

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