July 15, 2021
LTE upgrades at two more GCI cell towers are expected to be complete by the end of the year
NOME, Alaska – GCI LTE wireless service has made it to Alaska’s Seward Peninsula! The company recently brought its first LTE-capable tower on air in Nome and plans to upgrade two more towers in the community in the coming months. Once the project is complete, GCI mobile customers across much of the city will have access to improved voice service, faster mobile data speeds, and more wireless capacity.
GCI’s LTE upgrades in Nome are made possible, in part, by its partnership with Quintillion to use the company’s undersea fiber optic cable. As a result, GCI customers will benefit from a reliable, diverse ring of protected terrestrial service.
“The launch of fiber-served LTE wireless service in Nome is a big deal. Coupled with the launch of GCI’s 1 gig internet speeds in the community in the coming months, that means our customers in this remote Alaska town will have an internet and wireless experience that’s as good, or better, than what most people in the Lower 48 can get,” said Juliana Wayman, senior director of GCI Regulatory Affairs. “Bringing an urban-like connectivity experience to Northwest Alaska further demonstrates GCI’s continued commitment to rural Alaska and to closing the digital divide.”
These upgrades are part of an effort to improve connectivity in 17 rural Alaska communities through GCI’s 2021 Alaska Plan buildout. Federal funding from the Alaska Plan helps GCI invest in the technology and infrastructure necessary to connect some of the smallest and most remote communities in the nation.
“As we’ve all experienced in the past year, access to reliable connectivity is more important than ever, especially for those who live in rural Alaska,” Wayman said. “Through GCI’s Alaska Plan projects, more Alaskans can stay connected in their homes and on-the-go with wireless devices. Better connectivity means more opportunities for small businesses, access to healthcare and education, and more ways to keep in touch with friends and family.”
The Alaska Plan, adopted by the FCC in August 2016, provides federal funds to Alaska’s telecommunications providers in order to support investment in rural wireless and internet service upgrades. Federal funding helps make rural investment and maintenance possible in extremely remote, costly and difficult-to-serve communities. GCI, along with other Alaska providers, receives a portion of Alaska Plan funding each year.
For more information about GCI’s Alaska Plan investment, visit: https://www.gci.com/about/alaska-plan.
Headquartered in Alaska, GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer, business, government, and carrier customers throughout Alaska, serving more than 200 communities. The company has invested more than $3 billion in its Alaska network and facilities over the past 40 years and recently launched true standards-based 5G NR service in Anchorage, now the nation’s northernmost 5G service area. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband Corporation (Nasdaq: LBRDA, LBRDK, LBRDP). Learn more about Liberty Broadband at http://www.libertybroadband.com.