After years of planning and preparation, the GCI Alaska United (AU) Aleutians Fiber Project is here! Over the next two years, GCI will execute a bold plan to deploy an 860-mile subsea fiber system to some of the nation’s most remote communities. Running from Kodiak along the south side of the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutians to Unalaska, the project will deliver urban-level speed, service and reliability for the first time to the communities of Unalaska, King Cove, Sand Point, Akutan, Chignik Bay, and Larsen Bay.
GCI IS BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
The global pandemic has demonstrated that connectivity is more important than ever. GCI’s AU-Aleutians Fiber Project will provide fiber-based connectivity—the gold standard—that will open up a world of possibilities for local businesses, consumers (including gamers!), students, teachers and health care providers. Can you imagine living in one of the most remote communities in the nation and having access to urban-level 1 gigabit (1GIG) speeds in your home? That’s what our Unalaska customers can expect when the project is complete. It’s just another example of GCI working to bridge the digital divide between urban and remote areas, dramatically improving the delivery of a wide range of critically-important services to Alaskans.
“The AU-Aleutians Fiber Project is yet another example of GCI’s willingness to invest in rural Alaska when other companies are unable or unwilling to do so. Fiber service, the gold standard of broadband connectivity, will enable Unalaska, the nation’s largest fishing port and a gateway to the American Arctic, and the other project communities, to realize their full economic potential while advancing the national security interests of the United States.”
-Ron Duncan, GCI CEO & Founder
“For decades, GCI has pioneered innovative connectivity solutions for rural Alaska. TERRA, our hybrid fiber-microwave network, provides access to terrestrial broadband service to 45,000 Alaskans in 84 communities in Western Alaska. GCI is currently developing a comprehensive plan for the next evolution of data communications in rural Alaska. The AU-Aleutians Fiber Project is part of that plan.”
- Greg Chapados, GCI President and Chief Operating Officer