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GCI to receive $41M in federal money to improve rural Alaska wireless

The Federal Communications Commission announced last week that General Communication, Inc., will receive $41.4 million in federal funding to advance the wireless networks in 48 rural Alaskan communities.

For the first time, more than 37,000 Alaskans will have access to 3G or 4G mobile broadband networks, an upgrade from the lagging 2G wireless available in most rural communities, said David Morris, GCI spokesman.

"Depending on where you came from, 2G is an extremely limited experience for a customer," Morris said. "You really start to experience wireless data at 3G and 4G speeds."

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