GCI completes tower construction in seven new villages to deliver broadband in Arctic

October 7, 2016

TERRA project to improve health care and education access for 12 communities by 2017

ANCHORAGE – GCI today announced it has completed tower construction in Buckland, Selawik, Noorvik, St. Michael, Golovin, Elim and Koyuk, and expects to bring high-speed internet service to local clinics and schools in these communities in early 2017.

The towers are part of the planned expansion of GCI’s Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska (TERRA) network. TERRA currently serves 72 rural communities, which enables GCI to deliver high-speed internet to some of the most remote locations on Earth.

In the Northwest Arctic, crews are working to install antennas that will deliver service to Buckland, Selawik and Noorvik. In Norton Sound, crews will install a fiber connection from Stebbins and St. Michael once the ground is frozen this winter. Crews have started tower and communication shelter construction in both Kiana and White Mountain. That work is expected to be complete in the coming days.

Earlier this year, GCI announced its plans to deliver service to 12 new communities in the Northwest Arctic Borough and Norton Sound by the end of 2017. GCI’s TERRA network provides high-speed data streaming which is a transformational service for many rural Alaska communities. With TERRA, these communities have access to high-quality video conferencing, a critical tool for health care and education that can result in long-term cost savings for Alaskans and the agencies that serve them.


GCI’s TERRA project launched in 2010 and currently delivers broadband services to 72 communities and services nearly 40,000 residents. TERRA won the 2013 NATOA (National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors) Community Broadband Wireless Network of the Year award and the 2014 Engineering News Record (ENR) Best Projects Regional Award.

About GCI

GCI delivers communication and technology services in the consumer and business markets. Headquartered in Alaska with additional locations in the U.S., GCI has delivered services for more than 35 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. 

Media contact:

Heather Handyside, GCI
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