GCI plans to offer 1 Gig service by 2015
GCI Communications, which is Alaska’s biggest telecommunications company, said it would have the state’s first Gigabit Internet service live in Anchorage by 2015.
Before it reaches 1 Gig, GCI said it would incrementally increase the speeds on its "fiber re:D" tier. GCI also doubled the download speed on its “re:D” tier to 100 Mbps and slashed the price by $25 a month. GCI said there would be additional free re:D speed increases in the future.
Like Google Fiber and AT&T, GCI is asking its customers to go to its website to express their interest in the 1 Gigabit offering, which will determine the neighborhoods that will get it first.
According to the FCC, gigabit Internet service will provide download speeds 100 times faster than today’s national average and 20 times faster than GCI’s previous top speed of 50 Mbps.
“Last January, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a national challenge to make gigabit Internet service speeds available in every state by 2015. GCI will meet that challenge by deploying one gigabit service in Anchorage by 2015,” said Ron Duncan, GCI president and CEO. “This announcement is another example of GCI’s continuing commitment to provide Alaskans the latest in communications technology. We were the first Alaska carrier to provide single-hop satellite long distance calling, the first to provide high-speed Internet service, the first to construct redundant high capacity fiber cable networks between Alaska and the lower 48, and the first to provide terrestrial broadband service in rural Alaska.
Since the company’s founding, Duncan said GCI had invested win excess of $2 billion in Alaska’s communications infrastructure.
Earlier this month, AT&T officially launched its U-Verse GigaPower service in Austin, which came out of the starter’s blocks with symmetrical 300 Mbps speeds before ramping up to 1 Gbps next year. After launching in areas of Kansas City, Google Fiber plans on lighting up its 1 Gig service in Austin, and Provo, Utah. In May, CenturyLink kick started a 1 Gbps trial in Omaha, Nebraska.