GCI, Nushagak Cooperative partner on new infrastructure buildout

August 27, 2019

New NETC mountaintop repeaters will deliver improved speeds, capacity to Dillingham

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – GCI and the Nushagak Electric and Telephone Cooperative (NETC) recently announced a partnership to deliver faster internet speeds and higher data capacity to residents and businesses in Southwest Alaska.

The project includes two new NETC mountaintop microwave repeaters that will connect to GCI’s fiber infrastructure in Levelock, leveraging existing facilities to deliver service. The project is targeted for completion later this year.

“The initial NETC design for the project envisioned a new microwave network from Dillingham to Anchor Point with seven new sites. By leveraging nearby GCI resources, we discovered we could shave four microwave sites and roughly 125 miles off our plans,” said NETC CEO & General Manager Bob Himschoot. “This enabled NETC to greatly reduce construction and ongoing maintenance costs of the project while increasing reliability for our customers.”

“GCI and NETC have long worked together to deliver quality connectivity in the region, and this partnership is just one more example of leveraging resources to deliver service and value to Alaskans,” said Vice President of GCI Wholesale Business Krag Johnsen. “It has always been GCI’s mission to connect Alaskans and our ongoing partnership with NETC is an effective way to do that throughout much of Southwest Alaska.”

NETC delivers telephone, internet and television service to Aleknagik, Clark’s Point, Dillingham, Ekuk, Manokotak and Portage Creek. These six communities are home to roughly 3,200 year-round residents, with populations that greatly expand during fishing season when seasonal workers flood the communities to take part in the world-famous Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run.

About GCI

GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer and business customers throughout Alaska and nationwide. Headquartered in Alaska, GCI has delivered services for nearly 40 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. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of GCI Liberty, Inc. (Nasdaq: GLIBA, GLIBP). Learn more about GCI Liberty at www.gciliberty.com.

Media Contact

Heather Handyside (GCI)

Phone: 907-301-3481

Email: hhandyside@gci.com


Bob Himschoot (NETC)

Phone: 907-842-5251

Email: rhimschoot@nushagak.coop