ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 15, 2012 -- GCI (NASDAQ:GNCMA) announced today that it is moving ahead with the expansion of the TERRA terrestrial broadband network into Northwest Alaska. Phase 3 of the TERRA-Northwest (TERRA-NW) initiative will build six new microwave sites between Shaktoolik and Kotzebue, and will enable future TERRA expansion throughout the Northwest Arctic.
Phase 3 of TERRA-NW will offer service to the residents, businesses, and government/not-for-profit institutions in Kotzebue. Two notable institutions are Maniilaq Association, the regional Native health corporation, and Northwest Arctic Borough School District, which are currently linked to the rest of Alaska and the world via satellite service. Access to low latency, high speed terrestrial broadband will enhance the ability of these organizations to deliver better care to patients and distance learning to schools and students.
GCI is currently deploying broadband cable modem service in Kotzebue. The deployment is expected to be complete by the end of October. When Phase 3 of TERRA-NW is completed, cable modem users in Kotzebue will have access to the same low latency, high speed terrestrial broadband service that Bethel users enjoy today.
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