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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 »

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

2/3/2020

To support Alaska students who have decided to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM), GCI has committed $100,000 to its statewide scholarship program. Fifty Alaska students will each receive a $2,000 scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year through the program, which can be used for tuition and books. Read more »

GCI techs train to safely scale Alaska’s most-remote towers

2/1/2020

Strapped into a full set of safety gear, from helmets to harnesses, each GCI tower climber goes through extensive training every year to ensure they can safely scale some of the most remote telecommunications towers in North America. While the environment can prove challenging at the top of a mountain, these specialized training sessions are done on an indoor tower a few dozen feet off the ground, so the technicians can focus solely on the skills and techniques they learn in the classroom. Read more »

GCI crews plan project to repair subsea fiber break in Cook Inlet

1/31/2020

GCI is investigating a subsea fiber optic cable break discovered earlier this week in Cook Inlet, near Kenai. Customers may have noticed a minor disruption on Tuesday as the network traffic was quickly routed to an alternate subsea fiber path. Read more »

GCI crews work in sub-zero temperatures to bring 5G to Alaska’s largest city

1/24/2020

Local crews and tower climbers from across the nation have converged on Anchorage to help GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications and technology company, launch the nation’s northernmost 5G service in 2020. GCI’s 5G will deliver faster data speeds and will improve in-building coverage for customers across Anchorage. Read more »

GCI network upgrades improve broadband in Western Alaska

1/22/2020

GCI crews recently finished upgrading equipment at 42 microwave sites in Western Alaska to bring more capacity to the region and enable GCI to better manage and optimize network traffic. The upgrades will result in greater reliability and availability of wireless and broadband services in the region. The sites, which comprise GCI’s DeltaNET system, received new power, HVAC and communications systems as part of a multi-year, $7 million effort. Read more »

GCI names Rebecca Windt Pearson as General Counsel

12/4/2019

Today, GCI CEO and Co-Founder Ron Duncan named Rebecca Windt Pearson as general counsel, succeeding veteran GCI executive Tina Pidgeon. Read more »

Alaska ranks second in nation for access to 1 GIG internet speeds

11/7/2019

– When you think about lightning-fast internet connectivity, national tech and business hubs like California or New York probably come to mind. But it’s states with roads less traveled that deliver more access to fast internet. According to statistics aggregated by connectivity watchdog BroadbandNow, 75.1% of Alaskans have access to 1 gigabit internet speeds, ranking second in the United States, with the majority of access delivered by Alaska’s largest technology and communications company, GCI. Read more »

Watch the 2019 AFN Convention live on GCI Channel 907

10/15/2019

Amidst the Taģiuģmiut Dancers, speeches from leaders and dignitaries, and in-depth discussions on some of the state’s most important issues is a place to kick your feet up and recharge at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention this week in Fairbanks, courtesy of GCI. In partnership with Cook Inlet Tribal Council, a gaming lounge – complete with couches, tables and charging stations – will feature iPads loaded up with the Iñupiaq-inspired game, Never Alone. GCI is a Denali-level sponsor of the 2019 AFN Convention. Read more »

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