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GCI tests $88m stimulus-funded TERRA-SW middle-mile network linking Anchorage with rural southwest Alaska
Announced Date: 1/12/2012 Published Date: 1/12/2012

General Communication Inc (GCI), an Alaska-based integrated communications provider, is in a two-week test phase of TERRA-Southwest, an $88 million terrestrial broadband middle mile project constructed by GCI subsidiary United Utilities, using federal broadband stimulus funding provided by the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service.

Broadband connectivity will be fully available for residential and commercial customers after testing.

The network comprises 404 miles of newly installed fibre optic cable, running from Homer to Levelock in Bristol Bay, and 13 new microwave sites, including four remote mountaintop towers outside Dillingham.

TERRA-SW provides terrestrial broadband service for the first time from Anchorage to 65 remote, rural communities in Bristol Bay and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, making terrestrial broadband available to more than 9,000 households and nearly 750 public, non-profit and private community institutions, including regional healthcare providers, school districts and Alaska Native organisations.