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Remote regions of Alaska historically receive their communications services (e.g. phone, television, and Internet) over high-cost and high-latency satellite connections. In 2009, GCI envisioned the creation of a next-generation communications network, known as TERRA, for all areas of Alaska that would provide equitable access to low-latency broadband service. Today, GCI has delivered on this vision in 72 communities in western Alaska. Going into tomorrow, GCI plans to expand the TERRA network to more underserved communities throughout the state.


  • Higher Bandwidths — Allows for streaming of rich media and ability to perform functions such as video conferencing, which is critical in the areas of healthcare and education
  • Lower Latency — Significantly less delays in transferring data, allowing for better real-time communication
  • Increased Reliability — Less susceptible to disruptions via weather

Education Benefits

  • Bring the world into the classroom over video conferencing.
  • Take students on virtual field trips to distant universities, museums, fascinating cultures, and even outer space.
  • Allow teachers and administrators to attend  regional meetings without leaving their villages.

Healthcare Benefits

  • Use video conferencing to bring urban doctors and rural villages together face-to-face as if in a single examination room.
  • Relay information from telemedicine carts to remote doctors for quick reviews and diagnoses.
  • Reduce travel expenses, while increasing patient care.

Economic Benefits

  • Provide true broadband for residential and small business users at affordable prices.
  • Create new economic and job opportunities through network construction and operation.
  • Open access to education and training opportunities.

Public Safety Benefits

  • Provide better connectivity for first-responders.
  • Increase coverage of cell service outside of villages on new microwave towers.
  • Improve safety for subsistence hunters and travelers through expanded range of search and rescue public safety radios.