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Communications Technology: Stimulus Success Story: ‘Middle Mile’ Broadband In Alaska

While many recipients of stimulus cash distributed last year have either given it back or continue to build out their broadband projects, last week, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) hosted the first live terrestrial videoconference between Juneau and Bethel's Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) using General Communication Inc.’s (GCI’s) TERRA-Southwest, a $88 million terrestrial broadband "middle mile" project constructed by GCI's wholly owned subsidiary United Utilities Inc.

The project was financed with federal broadband stimulus funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service.

GCI is an Alaska-based integrated communications provider and the second largest wireless provider in Alaska. Services include local and long-distance telephony, wireless, video, Internet and data communications throughout the state.

Moving forward, the YKHC is working with GCI through an initial test phase that could last for the next two weeks. Broadband connectivity will be fully available for residential and commercial customers after testing.

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