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A huge economic engine

We have always believed in Alaska, and Alaskans. That’s why we invest in both, committing our own capital and resources in order to create a better, more connected place to live and thrive. This Alaskans-first spirit is how we prevailed in building the state’s largest network, in spite of the challenging landscape and climate conditions.

For more than 40 years, GCI has continually pushed Alaska’s communication technology forward. Inspired by local businesses, mission-driven organizations, and communities, we have invested more than $4 billion in private capital to bring connectivity to people and places in Alaska that no other telecom would go. Today, 97% of Alaskans live within GCI’s network. We are proud to be Alaska born and raised and to improve the lives of those who live here, through our commitment to innovation and quality.

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GCI is connecting the Aleutians with fiber

High speed fiber will help close the digital divide. GCI is constructing an 800+ mile subsea fiber system to connect Kodiak, along the south side of the Alaska Peninsula, to Unalaska. The project will deliver urban-level service and reliability for the first time to the communities of Unalaska, King Cove, Sand Point, Akutan, Chignik Bay, and Larsen Bay. GCI expects to turn up service in Unalaska in late 2022.
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GCI launched Alaska’s first 5G network

The nation's northernmost 5G experience. Throughout summer of 2020, GCI wireless customers experienced major upgrades in Anchorage as we ramped up 5G. Since launch, wireless customers from Girdwood to the Mat-Su Valley have benefited from faster data speeds, improved coverage, and better voice quality — even in office buildings and convention centers.



Port of Alaska Fiber Build

High-speed fiber-optic connectivity to the Port of Alaska. 90% of the goods and products that Alaskans use pass through this port, which includes everything from gasoline and heating oil to most of what can be found in grocery stores. In addition, the port is one of only 19 commercial ports in the U.S. designated as a Department of Defense Strategic Seaport, due to its vital role in supporting overseas deployments. GCI’s investment of more than $600,000 resulted in the installation of 3.5 miles of fiber optic cable to the Port, enabling it and nearby businesses to take advantages of GCI’s high-speed connectivity.
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84 Alaska communities connected. This example of next-generation connectivity is a 3,300-mile hybrid fiber-optic and microwave network, serving more than 45,000 people off the road system. Creating TERRA (Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska) was a monumental logistical and environmental feat, connecting health corporations, school districts, Alaska Native organizations, and other vital entities in rural Alaska.

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Anchorage Data Center

The largest in Alaska. Our 10,000-square-foot facility brings together data center technologies and services in a redundant and secure location and includes 24/7/365 monitoring and service availability of 99.99%, backed by a service availability guarantee.


Dual-Fiber, High Speed Access to the North Slope

$44 million. GCI is the nation's premier provider of arctic connectivity. We brought best-in-class LTE technology to Alaska's North Slope with a redundant fiber network that delivers connectivity to Alaska's oil fields. Spanning from Kuparuk to Point Thomson, this dual-fiber network supports advancing oilfield data requirements and improves overall operations.


LTE Upgrade on Kenai Peninsula

$6.3 million. This major wireless expansion upgrade across the Kenai Peninsula involved more than 30 GCI engineers and technicians. It provides faster speeds and more coverage to our customers and improves access to critical emergency services. 
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Subsea Fiber Connections to the Lower 48

GCI operates and maintains a fiber optic cable system that runs undersea from Juneau to Seattle, connecting Alaska to the lower 49 and bringing significant telecom capacity to the state.


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For more than 40 years, GCI has partnered with organizations small and large, to pursue their goals and overcome technological barriers to success. Get in touch to learn about the ways we can help your organization meet its objectives.

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