GCI said it has received a $1.48 million grant to expand broadband services to 12 rural communities in Alaska.
GCI plans to use Wi-Fi technology to beam broadband services to those areas via the company's "Village Internet" program. GCI received the funding in part through a grant from the Regulatory Commission for Alaska and the State of Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development.
GCI, which is partnering on the expansion project with Alaska Village Initiatives, a non-profit entity, said it will extend broadband links to the following rural areas: Allakaket, Crooked Creek, Dot Lake, Grayling, Holy Cross, Ivanof Bay, Mentasta Lake, Red Devil, Shageluk, Sleetmute, Stony River and Tetlin.
"This grant and partnership will provide these communities with affordable access that they can use to flourish economically," said Martin Cary, GCI's vice president of broadband services, in a release.