The Alaska Native Village Corporation Association (ANVCA) is excited to share the success our Moose Level Partner GCI and the solutions they are bringing to rural Alaska. Partnerships continue to be a key factor in finding success.
With the rollout of a major broadband expansion project in rural Alaska, 2016 is an exciting year for GCI, Alaska’s largest telecom. In late June, the company announced a partnership with Ericsson that will bring high-speed broadband to 10 new communities in the Northwest Arctic Borough and Norton Sound, expanding its Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska (TERRA) network in the Arctic. Currently, the TERRA network provides high-speed internet to 72 of Alaska’s most remote communities. By the end of 2016, TERRA will serve a total of 81 Alaska communities.
“TERRA provides high-speed data streaming which is a transformational service for many rural Alaska communities,” said Heather Handyside, GCI’s director of communications. “With TERRA, communities have access to high-quality video conferencing, a critical tool for health care and education that can result in long-term cost savings for Alaskans and the agencies that serve them.”
In August, GCI marked a key milestone in the broadband expansion project—completion of tower construction in the communities of Koyuk, Elim, St. Michael and Selawik. And by late August, the company had started construction in Golovin and erected a tower in the village of Noorvik. By the end of 2017, all ten communities—which also include Buckland, Kiana, White Mountain and Stebbins—are expected to be receiving high-speed internet.
The TERRA network currently serves 40,000 Alaskans in 72 rural communities across the state. More information can be found at www.gci.com
TERRA_2016-2017_Construction_Map (10-2-15). Provided by GCI.
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