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The Alaska News: Rural Alaska One Phase Closer to a Dependable Broadband Service

GCI officially announced the completion of the first phase of the TERRA-Southwest project on April 12, 2011. This phase involves laying a fiber optic cable beneath the 43-mile route from Igiugig and Levelock which was completed last week. TERRA-SW is a project led by United Utilities Inc., a subsidiary of GCI, under the funding of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service. The goal of TERRA-SW is to provide a cheaper and faster internet service to more than 60 remote communities in Alaska.

“The first phase of this history-making TERRA-Southwest project is complete,” said Martin Cary, vice president and general manager, GCI. “We placed 43 miles of fiber, literally laying-the-groundwork to connect this remote, rural region to the rest of the world. Its completion indicates a significant level of progress toward bringing broadband, and all of the civic and economic benefits that come with it, to the people and organizations in Bristol Bay and the Y-K Delta.”

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