GCI is launching competitive local telephone service in several communities in Alaska. The first will be Eagle River, beginning Feb. 16, followed by Chugiak and Peters Creek in April, and to all communities throughout the Matanuska Susitna Borough by the end of the year.
GCI will offer VoIP in those areas covered by its HFC network, or through wholesale arrangements with the Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA). MTA has approximately 60,000 telephone access lines.
MTA's rate for basic dial tone is $13.20 per month. GCI will undercut the phone company with a rate of $9.40. GCI will similarly discount phone service when bundled in various service packages.
GCI currently provides competitive local telephone service in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. It estimates that it offers service to 26 percent of the statewide local access lines.