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Press Release: Arrival of Materials Kicks off Summer Construction for Stimulus Broadband Project in Southwest Alaska

Arrival of Materials Kicks off Summer Construction for Stimulus Broadband Project in Southwest Alaska

May 23, 2011, ANCHORAGE —TERRA-Southwest (TERRA-SW) today announced the arrival of barges carrying the material and equipment needed to continue construction this summer to extend terrestrial broadband service to Bristol Bay and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (Y-K Delta). TERRA-SW is being led by United Utilities, Inc. (UUI), a subsidiary of GCI.

View video of the construction and transportation of materials at http://terra.gci.com/media/videos.

“The arrival of the barges marks the start of the summer construction phase, during which Alaskans will begin to see the progress of this historic project,” said Martin Cary, vice president and general manager, GCI. “Not only will they see the physical construction of towers, but they will also feel the economic benefits through the employment of our numerous project partners.”

As microwave towers and fiber segments are constructed over the next several months, the $88 million stimulus project will employ many Alaska companies, including:

  • Marsh Creek, an Anchorage-based company providing civil construction, energy systems, environmental construction and telecommunications. Marsh Creek is the prime contractor responsible for construction of 11 TERRA-SW microwave sites.
  • Meridian Management, an Alaska, employee-owned firm established in 1998 to bring together the talents of experienced project managers and environmental professionals. Meridian Management is providing construction management services for the TERRA-SW project.
  • Peak Oilfield Service Company, which provides quality-driven, cost-effective construction, maintenance, industrial cleaning, power generation and transportation services to support resource development companies in Alaska. Peak Oilfield Services Company is the prime contractor responsible for construction of the TERRA-SW fiber optics segments between Williamsport and Pile Bay and Iliamna and Fish Village.
  • Southwest Alaska Contractors, a private, Alaska company based out of Naknek, provides custom-engineered industrial cranes and regional construction management. Southwest Alaska Contractors is a subcontractor responsible for construction of new TERRA-SW microwave communication sites in five southwest Alaska communities.

A full list of TERRA-SW partners is available at http://terra.gci.com/project-partners.

TERRA-SW will provide middle-mile terrestrial broadband service to 65 remote, rural communities in Bristol Bay and the Y-K Delta, including Bethel, Dillingham and King Salmon. Upon completion, TERRA-SW will make broadband available, to over 9,000 households and nearly 750 businesses in the covered communities. The project will also serve numerous public/non-profit/private community institutions and entities, such as regional healthcare providers, school districts and other regional and Alaska Native organizations.   The project is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. 

Visit http://terra.gci.com for more information. Follow @terragci on Twitter.

About GCI

GCI is an Alaska-based company providing voice, video and data communication services to residential, commercial and government customers. Founded in 1979, GCI introduced long-distance competition to Alaska and has since grown to be one of the nation’s premier integrated telecommunication providers. The company employs more than 1,600 Alaskans and has a current run rate of $630 million. GCI has a 45 percent share of the state’s long-distance market, and is the state’s largest provider of internet services with cable modem, wireless and dedicated access. Its cable television services pass 90 percent of the state’s households with 64 percent penetration. Digital cable and cable modem service is available to 99 percent of its subscribers. The company offers facilities-based local telephone services in 22 cities throughout Alaska and has earned a 35 percent statewide market share. GCI’s services are connected through company-owned fiber optic, satellite and metropolitan area network facilities to the Lower 48 states. This broadband platform is the only one of its kind in Alaska and allows the company to provide customized services to the Alaska market. Please visit www.gci.com for more information.