GCI connects rural communities to Alaska’s largest wireless network, amplifies entertainment experience in 2014

January 7, 2015

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – In 2014, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company brought increased connectivity and new entertainment options to more than a dozen rural communities in Alaska with the expansion of its wireless network footprint and popular TiVo service. GCI is now present in more than 200 communities statewide, with coverage reaching more than 95 percent of the state’s population.

Among many network improvements in 2014, GCI turned up 3G wireless service in rural communities including Akiak, Akiachak, Atmautluak, Bethel, Kasigluk, Kotzebue, Kwethluk, Napakiak, Napaskiak, Nome, Nunapitchuk, Tuluksak and Unalakleet. These network upgrades deliver improved mobile data speeds, giving customers faster audio and video streaming, web browsing and more. Furthermore, cellular service is now available in Yakutat, Minto and Manley Hot Springs for the first time, connecting the communities to Alaska’s largest wireless network with 2G/Edge wireless speeds. In addition to these network upgrades, GCI opened two new retail stores in Bethel and Dillingham.

GCI also brought new entertainment options to rural Alaska in 2014. Customers in Barrow, Bethel, Kotzebue and Nome can now take full advantage of GCI TV powered by TiVo. Using TiVo, customers can access entertainment and social content anywhere they want, from their TV to their mobile devices. Using a four-time Emmy Award-winning recommendation engine, GCI TV powered by TiVo allows consumers to easily find, record and view entertainment options on TV, On Demand as well as online from popular websites and applications like Netflix, Amazon, Pandora, YouTube and much more. Also, with TiVo Stream, consumers can watch their favorite programs when and where they want on their tablet or smartphone, even without an Internet connection.

“At GCI we continue to be dedicated to improving the services and options we offer to our customers across Alaska, in communities big and small,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “We want to thank our customers who choose GCI as their provider, and we look forward to bringing even more new and exciting services to Alaskans in 2015.”

Within the next month, GCI plans to turn up 3G speeds in Naknek and King Salmon, as well.

Since being founded in 1979, GCI has invested more than $2 billion to bring the latest telecommunication technologies to Alaska, reflecting GCI’s ongoing commitment to the innovation and growth of the state’s economy and technology infrastructure. For more information about GCI services across the state, visit www.gci.com.

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.

Jennifer Nelson, GCI; jnelson1@gci.com; 907-717-5822