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GCI fiber project upgrades Port of Alaska connectivity


Supporting Alaska’s maritime muscle, GCI is wrapping up the first phase of a project to deliver fiber optic connectivity to the Port of Alaska in Anchorage and laying the groundwork to extend that service to other shipping stakeholders in the area. Crews broke ground in November 2019 on the more than $600,000 project and have worked throughout the winter to install 3.5 miles of fiber optic cable to the Port, enabling it and nearby businesses to take advantages of GCI’s top-notch connectivity. Read more »

GCI announces 2020 philanthropy vision at annual Valentine’s Day event


GCI announced today that its robust philanthropy program, GCI Gives, will donate $2 million in direct funding, in-kind services and products to Alaska organizations in 2020. This is consistent with the Alaska-born-and-raised company’s past donations. Over the last five years, GCI Gives has donated more than $10 million in cash, products, scholarships and grants to Alaska organizations. GCI’s grants and giving are focused in six key areas: cultural arts and innovation, education, healthy communities, youth, animals, and public safety. In 2020, GCI will support more than 150 Alaska nonprofit organizations in addition to continuing its Suicide Prevention Fund and GCI Scholarship Program. Read more »

Begin the Next Decade of the Galaxy with the Galaxy S20 on GCI


GCI announced plans this week to make the new Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra available to customers starting March 6, 2020. The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra will all be available in various, classic colors. Pre-orders for the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra begin Feb. 20, 2020, at 8:01 p.m. AKST. Read more »

GCI to award $100,000 in scholarships to Alaska students


To support Alaska students who have decided to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM), GCI has committed $100,000 to its statewide scholarship program. Fifty Alaska students will each receive a $2,000 scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year through the program, which can be used for tuition and books. Read more »

GCI techs train to safely scale Alaska’s most-remote towers


Strapped into a full set of safety gear, from helmets to harnesses, each GCI tower climber goes through extensive training every year to ensure they can safely scale some of the most remote telecommunications towers in North America. While the environment can prove challenging at the top of a mountain, these specialized training sessions are done on an indoor tower a few dozen feet off the ground, so the technicians can focus solely on the skills and techniques they learn in the classroom. Read more »

GCI crews plan project to repair subsea fiber break in Cook Inlet


GCI is investigating a subsea fiber optic cable break discovered earlier this week in Cook Inlet, near Kenai. Customers may have noticed a minor disruption on Tuesday as the network traffic was quickly routed to an alternate subsea fiber path. Read more »

GCI crews work in sub-zero temperatures to bring 5G to Alaska’s largest city


Local crews and tower climbers from across the nation have converged on Anchorage to help GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications and technology company, launch the nation’s northernmost 5G service in 2020. GCI’s 5G will deliver faster data speeds and will improve in-building coverage for customers across Anchorage. Read more »

GCI network upgrades improve broadband in Western Alaska


GCI crews recently finished upgrading equipment at 42 microwave sites in Western Alaska to bring more capacity to the region and enable GCI to better manage and optimize network traffic. The upgrades will result in greater reliability and availability of wireless and broadband services in the region. The sites, which comprise GCI’s DeltaNET system, received new power, HVAC and communications systems as part of a multi-year, $7 million effort. Read more »

GCI names Rebecca Windt Pearson as General Counsel


Today, GCI CEO and Co-Founder Ron Duncan named Rebecca Windt Pearson as general counsel, succeeding veteran GCI executive Tina Pidgeon. Read more »

Alaska ranks second in nation for access to 1 GIG internet speeds


– When you think about lightning-fast internet connectivity, national tech and business hubs like California or New York probably come to mind. But it’s states with roads less traveled that deliver more access to fast internet. According to statistics aggregated by connectivity watchdog BroadbandNow, 75.1% of Alaskans have access to 1 gigabit internet speeds, ranking second in the United States, with the majority of access delivered by Alaska’s largest technology and communications company, GCI. Read more »

Watch the 2019 AFN Convention live on GCI Channel 907


Amidst the Taģiuģmiut Dancers, speeches from leaders and dignitaries, and in-depth discussions on some of the state’s most important issues is a place to kick your feet up and recharge at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention this week in Fairbanks, courtesy of GCI. In partnership with Cook Inlet Tribal Council, a gaming lounge – complete with couches, tables and charging stations – will feature iPads loaded up with the Iñupiaq-inspired game, Never Alone. GCI is a Denali-level sponsor of the 2019 AFN Convention. Read more »

The Most Powerful and Advanced Smartphones — iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max — and All New Dual Camera iPhone 11, Available to Pre-Order from GCI on Friday, September 13


GCI today announced it will offer the latest products from Apple, including iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, a new pro line for iPhone, as well as the new dual-camera iPhone 11. GCI will also offer Apple Watch Series 5 with Always-On Retina display and the new seventh-generation iPad. Customers will be able to preorder iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max beginning Friday, September 13. The new iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch Series 5 will be available in GCI stores starting on Friday, September 20. For complete pricing details, please visit Read more »

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