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Connectivity during COVID-19: PCMag shines spotlight on Alaska internet speeds

9/18/2020

As more employees started working from home and students adapted to distance education and virtual classrooms due to COVID-19, questions were raised about whether America’s internet infrastructure could stand up to the test. According to PCMag, citing a study by WhistleOut, the answer was a resounding yes, with internet speeds across the nation increasing overall – and Alaska among the country’s leaders. Read more »

GCI contributes $170,000 to fund 15 suicide prevention programs statewide

9/17/2020

GCI demonstrated its continued support for suicide prevention efforts this Suicide Prevention Awareness Month by donating $170,000 to 15 organizations across the state. The 2020 GCI Suicide Prevention Fund contributes to vital suicide prevention efforts with an emphasis on organizations that serve small, rural communities that might sometimes be overlooked, as well as larger programs that reach Alaskans in bigger cities. Since the fund’s first year, GCI has given more than $470,000 to local organizations for suicide prevention efforts. Read more »

GCI partners with Kaladi and VOA Alaska during Recovery Month

9/1/2020

Through the company’s charitable arm, GCI Gives, GCI is working with Volunteers of America Alaska to support Alaskans in recovery in September. The company is encouraging conversations about recovery to help eliminate the stigma associated with seeking help for substance misuse and mental health concerns. These efforts are all a part of VOA Alaska’s participation in National Recovery Month. Read more »

GCI marks wireless milestone with $10,000 5G Trailblazer Award

8/21/2020

GCI, Alaska’s largest provider of telecommunications services, has launched Alaska’s first true 5G mobile service—making Anchorage the northernmost 5G-served city in the nation! To honor this milestone, GCI will award $10,000 in cash to one local resident who embodies GCI’s trailblazing spirit by making Anchorage a stronger, better and more connected community. Read more »

GCI’s 2020 Anchorage 5G project is more than 94% complete

8/13/2020

GCI’s 2020 Anchorage 5G network upgrade project is nearly complete! Customers throughout the city are already reaping the benefits, experiencing faster data speeds than ever before. GCI expects to bring the final towers online by early fall. Read more »

GCI, Alaska SeaLife Center smash weeklong fundraising goal

8/7/2020

After GCI announced a $50,000 membership match last Monday, the Alaska SeaLife Center gained more than 600 new and renewed memberships, meeting the match amount. Read more »

Experience A Productivity Powerhouse with Galaxy Note20 Series on GCI

8/5/2020

GCI announced today that the new Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G and Galaxy Note20 Ultra will be available to customers starting Aug. 21, 2020. Preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note20 series begin Aug. 6, 2020. Visit a local GCI retail store or go to GCI.com for more details. Read more »

GCI announces sale of broadcast business

7/31/2020

GCI announced today that it has decided to exit the broadcast television business so that it can focus on its core business of providing data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer and business customers in Alaska. Read more »

GCI powers esports tournament, University of Alaska Anchorage takes on University of South Florida

7/31/2020

North battles South in an upcoming esports tournament powered by GCI between the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of South Florida. Alaska and Florida will battle in a 5V5 League of Legends Tournament on Aug. 1 and 2. Read more »

GCI donates a $50,000 match to the Alaska SeaLife Center

7/28/2020

Answering the Alaska SeaLife Center’s urgent plea for support, GCI is stepping up with a $50,000 contribution, a weeklong fundraising campaign and a membership match blitz. Read more »

Annual refueling project underway for GCI’s TERRA network

7/7/2020

GCI crews, assisted by specialty helicopters, are midway through their annual refueling project to deliver roughly 90,000 gallons of Arctic diesel fuel to 22 mountaintop TERRA towers in Western and Northwest Alaska. Read more »

GCI wins two 2020 Best of Alaska Business Awards

7/1/2020

GCI today announced it is the recipient of two 2020 Best of Alaska Business Awards for Best Place to Work 250+ and Best Wireless Provider, as voted by Alaska Business magazine readers. Read more »

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 »

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