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Press Release: UUI Selects Alaskan-Owned Marsh Creek for Civil Work on Next Generation Broadband Network in Southwest Alaska

Anchorage, AK (PRWEB) December 27, 2010

United Utilities, Inc. (UUI), a wholly owned subsidiary of GCI Communication Corporation (GCI), today announced the selection of Marsh Creek, LLC (Marsh Creek) as the prime contractor for 11 new TERRA-Southwest (TERRA-SW) microwave communication sites. TERRA-SW is UUI’s project to extend terrestrial broadband service for the first time to Bristol Bay and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (Y-K Delta), delivering access to next generation communications to support economic development, education, healthcare and public safety in 65 communities. Construction of TERRA-SW is scheduled for 2011 with fiber construction from Igiugig to Levelock to begin in January.

“UUI and GCI have long recognized and addressed the need to close the digital divide for remote rural Alaska communities, providing villages with the telecommunications resources they need to thrive on par with urban areas,” said Martin Cary, vice president and general manager, GCI Managed Broadband Services. “Our partnership with Marsh Creek and the upcoming TERRA-Southwest groundbreaking further our collective mission by bringing additional opportunities to Bristol Bay and the Y-K Delta, not only through the jobs created by the project, but also through the improved services it will provide area residents.”

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