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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 »

GCI contributes $5,000 to Bethel Search and Rescue


No matter the safety precautions you take when venturing out into Western Alaska’s backcountry, anything from unpredictable weather to engine failure can quickly take your trek off track. GCI’s recent $5,000 donation to the all-volunteer Bethel Search and Rescue team helps to ensure the safety of those in need of help when an adventure goes awry. Read more »

GCI donates $1,000 to The Glory Hall in Juneau


While the cold and dark are a fact of life for Alaskans during the winter, it’s especially impactful on those experiencing homelessness and crisis. GCI’s $1,000 donation to The Glory Hall in Juneau supports the organization’s mission to provide food, shelter and compassion to those most in need to achieve well-being. Read more »

GCI supports domestic violence survivors in Unalaska with $5,000 donation


The Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence Shelter is a safe space for the women and children of the Unalaska/Dutch Harbor community. To support the shelter and the people it serves, GCI recently announced a $5,000 donation through its charitable arm, GCI Gives. Read more »

GCI joins Covenant House Alaska in spending one night outside for Alaska’s youth


As Alaskans look ahead to Thanksgiving and consider what they are thankful for, GCI is encouraging families in Anchorage to think about a part of the community that is often forgotten: youth without a stable home or support system. GCI is teaming up with Covenant House Alaska for the Virtual Sleep Out: Anchorage Edition 2020 to show solidarity for youth in Alaska experiencing homelessness. GCI Senior Vice President of Consumer Services Paul Landes will be giving up his bed and is asking others in Anchorage to think about those less fortunate. Read more »

All-New iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini with 5G, Now Available to Order from GCI


GCI will offer iPhone 12 Pro Max, providing a reimagined pro camera and the largest display with the highest resolution ever on an iPhone, as well as the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini, which packs the advanced technology of iPhone 12 into a delightfully compact size with an immersive edge-to-edge display. Both models support an advanced 5G experience. iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini are now available for order, with availability on November 13. Read more »

GCI bringing faster data speeds to Bristol Bay


Faster mobile data speeds have come to Bristol Bay! GCI earlier this month launched its first upgraded wireless sites in Dillingham as part of a project to bring improved voice service and faster mobile data speeds to Dillingham and surrounding communities. Read more »

Eskimo Ninja Warrior Nick Hanson, GCI partner on ‘Just ASK’ suicide prevention initiative


As the days become shorter, nights grow colder and a global pandemic keeps Alaskans in their homes more than ever, it’s vitally important to check in on friends and loved ones. Eskimo Ninja Warrior Nick Hanson is featured in a new suicide prevention campaign emphasizing the importance of the “Just ASK” initiative, produced by GCI. The campaign aims to raise mental health awareness and help combat suicide in Alaska. Read more »

GCI surprises local Anchorage humanitarian with $10,000 5G Trailblazer Award


Shirley Mae Springer Staten has been selected as the recipient of the GCI 5G Trailblazer Award—an award that recognizes an outstanding member of the Anchorage community who embodies the trailblazer spirit and demonstrates a commitment to making people feel more connected. GCI developed the program this year to celebrate the launch of GCI’s 5G mobile service in Anchorage—cementing Anchorage’s reputation as a leader in connectivity and home to the northernmost 5G service in the nation. Read more »

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