GCI targets dial-up subs with free broadband
Setting its sights squarely on dial-up Internet users, GCI of Alaska is offering free high-speed data access to customers who subscribe to specific bundles of video and voice services.
GCI is offering its LiteSpeed cable modem service for free to customers who also subscribe to its video, local phone service and long distance telephony plan.
GCI's LightSpeed tier offers one e-mail address, data speeds up to 64 kbps, and 30 days of free technical support. LightSpeed customers, however, are limited to a monthly consumption cap of 1 gigabyte.
"We want to make it easier than ever for dial-up customers to enjoy the convenience of always-on connections at two to three times their current access speed," said Terry Nidiffer, GCI's Internet general manager.
If those customers decide to upgrade, GCI's LiteSpeed Plus tier offers 128 kbps, 5 megabytes of Web storage, two e-mail addresses and a consumption cap of 2 GB. GCI offers LiteSpeed Plus for $24.99 per month when bundled with the company's long distance service.
GCI's flagship "Hypernet" cable modem service is offered in four tiers (silver, gold, platinum and diamond), ranging from 1 Mbps down/128 kbps up for $49.99 per month on the low end, to 2.4 Mbps/256 kbps for $149.99 per month for the diamond tier. Each tier also imposes monthly consumption caps. GCI's diamond tier caps consumption at 20 megabytes per month.