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Press Release: Terrestrial Broadband Connects Southwest Alaska to the World for the First Time

ANCHORAGE, Ala., Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- General Communication, Inc. ("GCI") (NASDAQ: GNCMA) announced today that on Thursday, January 12, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell hosted the first live terrestrial videoconference between Juneau and Bethel's Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC).

The videoconference utilized TERRA-Southwest, an $88 million terrestrial broadband "middle mile" project constructed by GCI's wholly owned subsidiary, United Utilities Inc., using federal broadband stimulus funding provided by the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. is working with GCI through an initial test phase expected to last two weeks. Broadband connectivity will be fully available for residential and commercial customers after testing.

Speaking to Gov. Parnell on the historic video call was the CEO and president of YKHC, Gene Peltola. "Getting Southwest Alaska off satellite and onto TERRA-SW is a major accomplishment for GCI and its subsidiaries. YKHC will be one of the largest beneficiaries of this new network. It will allow us to continue expanding the use of telehealth applications including video conferencing with doctors, teleradiology, telepsychology, implementing new electronic health record applications and much more."

Read the full press release.