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Alaska Journal of Commerce: GCI starts work to get broadband to 65 rural communities

With the first phase of construction on General Communication Inc.'s TERRA-Southwest project set to start this month, the telecom company announced in December that contractor Marsh Creek LLC was selected to construct 11 microwave towers as part of the broadband Internet build out.

The TERRA-Southwest Project will connect 65 rural communities to fiber-optic and microwave broadband networks, significantly speeding up internet connections previously reliant on satellite connectivity.

And for those with existing microwave infrastructure, the telecommunications equipment will be upgraded and connected to GCI's existing network.

Marsh Creek has worked on a variety of rural projects, said Krag Johnsen, director of rural broadband development with GCI.

"They just know how to do projects right in rural Alaska. They know how take into account local economic development, stay on schedule and on budget," he said.

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