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GCI’s Chris McGinty lends neighbors a helping hand in wake of severe Mat-Su windstorm


As GCI crews from around Southcentral Alaska hustled to restore service disrupted during severe weather in the Mat-Su, other GCI employees lent a helping hand to neighbors affected by power outages, falling trees, and damaged homes. Read more »

GCI donates Mountain View building to Shiloh Community Housing for future neighborhood resource center


GCI is helping a local nonprofit with its first step in creating a new neighborhood resource center in Mountain View aimed at disrupting the cycle of homelessness. The property, located at 3127 Commercial Drive, was used as an equipment storage facility by GCI. GCI’s donation of the building, valued at $860,000, to Shiloh Community Housing Inc., will also include a commitment to provide internet connectivity to the facility and to sponsor internet service for patrons who visit the resource center. Read more »

GCI works to preserve cultural and historical artifacts on the Aleutian Chain


As GCI crews steadily dig miles of trenches to house hundreds of thousands of feet of conduit and fiber optic cable in Unalaska in preparation for the landing of subsea fiber late next year, they are also keeping a watchful eye for relics of generations past. To help safely identify and preserve historic artifacts unearthed during GCI’s AU-Aleutians Fiber Project, the company is partnering with dedicated archaeological experts. Read more »

Protecting culture and habitats while closing Alaska’s digital divide


GCI’s $58 million, 800-mile AU-Aleutians Fiber Project is an ambitious undertaking that will deliver urban-level broadband speeds to some of the most remote communities in the nation. Running from Kodiak along the south side of the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutians to Unalaska, the high-speed broadband fiber project will effectively close the digital divide in this vast, wild region of the state. With her team, GCI’s Project Permitting and Compliance Manager Sharee Tserlentakis ensures the project complies with all federal, state and local regulations. Read more »

GCI launches first 5G wireless sites in the Matanuska Valley


GCI’s lightning-fast 5G wireless service has made it to the Mat-Su! Continuing the expansion of its 5G wireless network, GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, recently launched the first of its upgraded sites in Palmer and Wasilla. So far, GCI has turned up one 5G site in each community and will bring additional sites online in the coming months. Read more »

GCI supports professional development, strengthening of rural Alaska’s workforce


GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, has committed $10,000 to support Alaska EXCEL’s efforts to provide professional guidance and opportunities to young Alaskans and strengthen Alaska’s rural workforce. Read more » names GCI Alaska’s top gaming ISP for 2022


GCI has long been Alaska’s fastest ISP – six years running, in fact, according to In addition to that honor, the news outlet has also named GCI Alaska’s best ISP for gaming heading into 2022. Read more »

GCI Channel 1 to feature live 2021 AFN Convention coverage


Next week, GCI customers can access live coverage of the 2021 Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention and special Best of Quyana Alaska programming. Viewers can tune into this year’s event Monday, Dec. 13 and Tuesday, Dec. 14 on GCI Channel 1, available on both cable and through Yukon TV. Read more »

GCI supports small businesses, food security in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta


GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, is working to support small businesses, food security, and rural entrepreneurship with a $5,000 contribution to Bethel Community Services Foundation’s (BCSF) Food Security Collaboration and Best in the West programs. Read more »

GCI supports Community Conversations to make sure Alaskans feel connected


GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider, has committed $14,500 to the Alaska Black Caucus’ (ABC) Community Conversations program to support constructive, ongoing dialogues around diversity, equity, and inclusion in Alaska. Read more »

GCI announces plan to bring 5G to Alaska’s North Slope, paving way for oil fields of the future


For decades, the North Slope has served as Alaska’s economic engine. To ensure the region can support the oil fields of the future, which will rely even more on technology and connectivity to remain competitive, GCI is deploying the northernmost 5G wireless service in the nation. Read more »

GCI supports Yukon River communities on heels of dismal salmon season


Historically low Yukon River salmon runs this year prompted GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, to purchase $25,000 worth of salmon for residents of the Interior to supplement their poor subsistence harvest. The salmon will be distributed by the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) who hosted a trip to Yukon River communities in July for Alaska nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations. Read more »

Air Force veteran returns to the Aleutians to manage major fiber project


Once assigned as the program manager for the Cobra Dane radar, a long-range detection defense system near the end of the Aleutian Chain on Shemya Island, GCI Project Manager Mike Bertsch is back in the Aleutians to help lead the GCI AU-Aleutians Fiber Project. GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider, is closing the digital divide in the Aleutians with a more than 800-mile subsea fiber project, and Bertsch is calling on his 20-year IT and telecommunications career in the Air Force to help lead the charge. Read more »

Weathering late-October windstorm, GCI crews push forward with Unalaska groundwork


The weather. It’s not only a common topic of casual conversation, but a very real factor in the construction of GCI’s AU-Aleutians Fiber Project. During a late October storm, GCI crews in Unalaska had to batten down the hatches as hurricane force winds battered the community, tearing roofs off houses and flipping over vehicles. Despite the inclement weather, groundwork in the community was only interrupted for 24-hours before crews continued pushing onward. Read more »

GCI team makes big strides to close digital divide in rural Alaska


While much of the conversation around connectivity in the state has focused on high-profile mega projects, GCI’s Alaska Plan buildout – and the hard-working team that supports it – has taken big steps toward closing the digital divide in 2021, albeit with less fanfare. Approximately 27,500 Alaskans this year have benefitted from GCI’s aggressive internet and wireless network projects that have improved service in 17 rural communities. Read more »

Amid Alaska’s mountaintops and midnight sun, GCI crews haul hundreds of loads of fuel to mountaintop TERRA towers


After a non-stop effort under the midnight sun, the final load of fuel for the season has been delivered to GCI’s mountaintop TERRA towers. As part of an annual refueling effort, GCI crews used specialized helicopters to deliver nearly 113,000 gallons of fuel to 22 towers on remote Alaska mountaintops. TERRA is a 3,300-mile hybrid fiber-microwave network serving many of Alaska’s rural communities. Read more »

GCI supports early childhood education in Nome with $5,000 donation to Nome Preschool Association


GCI recently made a $5,000 contribution to the Nome Preschool Association to help cover the organization’s operating costs, ensuring families and children in the community have access to affordable early childhood education opportunities. The Nome Preschool Association, like many nonprofits across the state, has faced budgetary challenges over the last year and a half as they’ve been forced to cancel or scale down in-person fundraising efforts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more »

GCI reminds Alaskans to dial 907 for all Alaska calls


GCI, the state’s largest telecommunications company, and its subsidiary, United Utilities, Inc. (UUI) are making final preparations for a transition to 10-digit dialing for all local and Alaska calls starting on October 24, 2021. At the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), this effort is laying the groundwork for the implementation of a nationwide three-digit number to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Read more »

GCI partners with Catholic Social Services to support Afghan refugees in Alaska


With approximately 100 Afghan refugees preparing to call Alaska home, GCI is lending a helping hand. In partnership with Catholic Social Services’ Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS) program, GCI is donating 100 phones and the first month of service to ensure families have access to vital resources as they begin their new lives. Read more »

It’s about to get real: GCI crews in Unalaska prepare to begin groundwork for AU-Aleutians Fiber Project


Crews will soon begin construction on Unalaska’s local network in preparation to connect to GCI’s 800+ mile subsea optic fiber. Materials to deliver fiber-optic connectivity directly to homes and businesses have begun to arrive on the island and, now that permits have been approved, GCI crews are ready to start digging. Read more »

GCI Deploys CommScope Remote MACPHY Device for DAA


With support from CommScope, GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider, is the first company to successfully deploy the CommScope RD2322 RxD as a Remote MACPHY Device (RMD) into a service-providing network. With the upcoming launch of the service in 19 Alaska communities, GCI will be among the nation’s leaders in 2 gig internet deployment. Read more »

Application period opens for GCI Gives grant program


GCI’s philanthropy program, GCI Gives, has opened the application period for its 2022 grant cycle. From October 1 through November 15, Alaska nonprofits have the opportunity to apply for funding from GCI, one of the state’s largest corporate philanthropic contributors. Read more »

With the second phase of its marine survey complete, GCI’s subsea fiber project continues on track


The GCI AU-Aleutians Fiber Project team remains on track with the project’s aggressive timeline to deliver high-speed internet to the Aleutians. Last week, the team returned to port in Homer after completing the geotechnical phase of its marine survey, conducted to analyze samples of the seafloor along the subsea fiber route. Read more »

Connecting her hometown—and thousands of Alaskans


GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider, is getting closer to delivering fiber connectivity to the Aleutians. For one team member, the project is personal. King Cove native and GCI Senior Manager of Corporate Communications and Community Engagement Jenifer Nelson is a key member of the Aleutians Fiber Project team, serving as a liaison to the six remote Alaska communities that will enjoy urban internet plans, speed and prices when service is turned up starting in 2022. Read more »

GCI AU-Aleutians Fiber Project gets green light to begin groundwork


The GCI AU-Aleutians Fiber Project has reached another important milestone this week, receiving clearance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service to begin groundwork to prepare homes and businesses for the urban-level internet speeds that will be delivered by the company’s subsea fiber project scheduled to come online in Unalaska in 2022. Read more »

GCI donates nearly $100,000 to 14 nonprofits focused on suicide prevention in Alaska


This Suicide Prevention Month, 14 organizations have even more support for their community projects to prevent suicides in Alaska thanks to GCI’s Suicide Prevention Fund. Each year, GCI donates money to nonprofits in Alaska that put in tireless work to prevent suicides in their communities. GCI’s giving is targeted to organizations that serve small, rural communities in Alaska, as well as larger programs that reach Alaskans in bigger cities. Read more »

Annual refueling effort for GCI’s mountaintop TERRA towers nears completion


With more than 89,200 gallons of diesel delivered over 223 helicopter trips, 18 of GCI’s 22 mountaintop TERRA towers have been topped off with fuel to keep the sites powered 24/7 for another year. Far from power grids, these towers, reachable only by helicopter, rely on the annual refueling effort in order to stay running and self-sufficient for months at a time. The remaining sites are slated to be refueled by mid-October. Read more »

GCI launches free virtual mental health and wellness challenge during Suicide Prevention Month


GCI, Alaska’s leader in connectivity, has launched a free wellness challenge for Alaskans to find connection with their fellow community members. The GCI Wellness Challenge encourages Alaskans to complete four mental health wellness challenges for the chance to win tech prizes. This challenge was launched to coincide with National Suicide Prevention Month and the announcement of this year’s GCI Suicide Prevention Grant recipients, which will occur later this month. Read more »

Proposed Bethel fiber project clears hurdle in federal grant process


The Bethel Native Corporation (BNC) announced today that it has received consent from the Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC) to proceed with an application to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for a $43 million grant to deploy a fiber optic network from Dillingham to Bethel by the end of 2024. If the grant application is approved, GCI will build and operate the fiber network that will provide urban-level residential internet service in Bethel and communities along the route and will ultimately boost broadband connectivity across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Read more »

GCI donates $25,000 to Volunteers of America Alaska to support vulnerable young adults


A recent analysis identified approximately 277 youths in Anchorage experiencing houselessness who need services but are not currently receiving them. Two local organizations are working to change that, GCI and Volunteers of America Alaska (VOA Alaska). GCI recently donated $25,000 to VOA Alaska, a local organization working to inspire hope and support youth experiencing houselessness. Read more »

GCI donation helps Museum of the Aleutians share the region’s culture with the rest of the world


GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider, is committed to connecting Alaska to the rest of the world — and not just over the internet. The company recently donated $5,000 to the Museum of the Aleutians to help connect people everywhere to the rich cultural legacy of the Aleutian Islands region. Read more »

Bethel Native Corporation to spearhead federal funding effort to bring urban-level internet service to Bethel residents


The Bethel Native Corporation (BNC) announced today that it would apply – in partnership with GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider – to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for a $43 million grant to deploy a fiber optic network from Dillingham to Bethel. Read more »

Bridging the digital divide in Alaska: GCI's Rebecca Markley leads team building 800-mile subsea fiber project


With boots on the ground, community meetings planned, and surveys and data analysis in progress, GCI’s AU-Aleutians Fiber Project is well underway. Multi-million-dollar infrastructure projects like AU-Aleutians sprawl across hundreds of miles of challenging terrain and require a high degree of strategic planning and technical know-how. They are projects not just anyone can lead. Thankfully, GCI Vice President of Network Program Management Rebecca Markley is perfectly suited to lead this game-changing initiative. Read more »

Fiber = 100x faster + unlimited data for Nome and Kotzebue


Today GCI, Alaska’s largest communications provider, unveiled new internet plans and pricing for residential customers in Nome and Kotzebue that are up to 100 times faster than speeds offered by GCI’s current top plan and, in most cases, less expensive for residential customers than plans currently offered in these remote regional hubs. Read more »

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