Gigabit broadband coming to Alaska

GCI today announced plans to deploy Alaska’s first one-gigabit (1,000 Mbps) Internet service, fiber re:D, which will be available in Anchorage by 2015.

“Last January, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a national challenge to make gigabit Internet service speeds available in every state by 2015. GCI will meet that challenge by deploying one gigabit service in Anchorage by 2015,” said Ron Duncan, president and CEO, GCI.

“This announcement is another example of GCI’s continuing commitment to provide Alaskans the latest in communications technology. We were the first Alaska carrier to provide single-hop satellite long distance calling, the first to provide high-speed Internet service, the first to construct redundant high capacity fiber cable networks between Alaska and the lower 48, and the first to provide terrestrial broadband service in rural Alaska,” added Duncan.

Today, GCI’s 100 Mbps broadband service is available to re:D subscribers in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, Palmer and Wasilla. GCI lowered the price of the service by $25 and existing customers experienced the speed increase automatically.

“As part of the move to a gigabit in Anchorage, we will also substantially enhance our existing premier re:D broadband service in Anchorage. 50 Mbps is no longer sufficient to meet the needs of Alaskans who depend on the Internet for bandwidth-intensive innovative services. Therefore, as of today, we’re doubling our re:D download speeds to 100 Mbps and reducing the price of re:D by 12.5 percent. This is the first of a series of free re:D speed increases,” said Duncan.

“GCI is excited to bring this opportunity to Anchorage, and we want to share that excitement with Anchorage residents,” Duncan continued.

“To do that, we have developed a plan so that customers can help prioritize the deployment of fiber re:D.,” added Duncan.

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