GCI announces plans to bring 1-gigabit fiber re:D broadband service to Juneau

September 27, 2014

Announcements about 1-gigabit broadband service, speed test results and local winners made at today’s GCI Tech Quest

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - Today GCI announced that, as part of its quest to re:DEFINE broadband in Alaska, it will be bringing fiber re:D broadband to Juneau before the end of 2016. This 1-gigabit broadband service will not only be the fastest Internet available in Alaska but will be comparable to the fastest speeds available in the entire United States.

“For more than 30 years, GCI has been committed to providing Alaskans with the latest communications technology, and providing Juneau with the fastest possible broadband speeds through our fiber re:D service will be another example of that,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “At GCI, we know that people use technology to enhance their experiences throughout every aspect of life, and as Alaska’s premier telecommunications provider we’re proud to deliver this enhanced service to the Juneau community.”

In addition to upgraded Internet service, GCI was also pleased to announce today that its 4G LTE wireless service is four times faster than other providers. In an independent, third-party speed test, GCI provided significantly faster wireless service than either AT&T or Verizon in Juneau.

The exciting developments in Juneau’s access to the fastest Internet and wireless speeds available were announced at today’s GCI Tech Quest, which brought the community to downtown Juneau for a scavenger hunt and offered event participants the opportunity to win a wide variety of prizes. In order to host this fun, family-friendly event, GCI partnered with a number of outstanding, community-minded local businesses, including El Sombrero, Heritage Coffee Company, Red Dog Saloon, the Senate Building and Westmark Baranof Hotel.

The grand prizes, the newly released and much sought-after smartphone and phablet, were awarded to one lucky winner, and Alaska Airlines also thrilled the crowd by giving away five round-trip tickets to anywhere the airline flies. In total, prizes awarded at today's GCI Juneau Tech Quest are valued at approximately $15,000.

“It was exciting to see five people walk away as winners of round-trip tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies, and we know they will have a wonderful trip when they head to their dream destination,” said Alaska Airlines Regional Vice President Marilyn Romano.

In honor of GCI’s bringing upgraded re:D service to Juneau and on the heels of the wireless speed test, the company presented additional GCI Tech Quest winners with technology prizes, including five Apple iPhone 5s, five Samsung Galaxy S5 and nine Apple iPad Air 16GB, as well as five vouchers for a full year of a premium TV network subscription. Tech Quest prizes are nontransferable.

To ensure that everyone attending was truly a winner, GCI gifted each participant with a free Video on Demand coupon, headphones and a GCI Great Alaska Shootout basketball.

Additional information about GCI is available at www.gci.com. Details specific to fiber re:D broadband service can be found at www.gci.com/getfibered, or by calling 800-800-4800.

About GCI

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,200 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The Alaska-based company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com.

Shahid Butt, GCI; sbutt@gci.com; 907-868-0692