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GCI announces Phase 3 of TERRA-Northwest expansion into Northwest Arctic region of Alaska
Announced Date: 10/15/2012 Published Date: 10/15/2012

GCI announced that it is moving ahead with the expansion of the TERRA terrestrial broadband network into Northwest Alaska. Phase 3 of the TERRA-Northwest (TERRA-NW) initiative will build six new microwave sites between Shaktoolik and Kotzebue, and will enable future TERRA expansion throughout the Northwest Arctic.

Phase 3 of TERRA-NW will offer service to the residents, businesses and government/not-for-profit institutions in Kotzebue. GCI is currently deploying broadband cable modem service in Kotzebue. The deployment is expected to be complete by the end of October 2012.

GCI has applied for the necessary permitting from the Bureau of Land Management and anticipates that Phase 3 construction will begin in 2013r and will be complete by the end of 2014.

Phase 3 of TERRA-NW will include a 205 mile microwave extension of TERRA. This extension will include six new microwave towers and associated facilities, five of which will be remote, prime-power repeater sites. Phase 3 is projected to cost approximately $28 million. It will be constructed and owned by GCI's wholly owned subsidiary, Unicom.

In 2011, GCI completed TERRA-Southwest which included over 400 miles of new fibre optic cable and 13 new microwave towers connecting GCI's network in Anchorage, Alaska to 65 communities in Southwest Alaska.

Phase 1 of TERRA-NW includes five new microwave towers connecting Shageluk, the northern end of TERRA-Southwest to the communities of Unalakleet and Shaktoolik. Phase 1 is scheduled for completion in December 2012. TERRA-NW Phase 2, which will connect Shaktoolik to Nome, Alaska is already permitted and will begin construction in 2013 with completion scheduled for December 2013.