Closing the Digital Divide

GCI awarded $31 million federal grant to bring fiber internet service to six villages in Western Alaska

The project will lay the groundwork for urban level connectivity Y-K Delta communities

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – GCI announced today it has been awarded a $31 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect program in support of its ongoing efforts to improve internet service in Western Alaska. The grant will provide funding for GCI’s Lower Kuskokwim Fiber Expansion Project, bringing fiber-optic infrastructure to six Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities.

GCI’s Lower Kuskokwim Fiber Expansion Project will build out fiber optic middle mile and last mile networks between the following Western Alaska communities:

  • Atmautluak
  • Kasigluk
  • Nunapitchuk
  • Quinhagak
  • Tuntutuliak
  • Kwethluk

GCI plans to connect this new infrastructure to its statewide fiber-optic network, expanding access to urban level connectivity and bringing digital equity to rural Alaska.

About GCI

Headquartered in Alaska, GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer, business, government, and carrier customers throughout Alaska, serving more than 200 communities. The company has invested more than $4 billion in its Alaska network and facilities over the past 40 years and recently launched true standards-based 5G NR service in Anchorage, now the nation’s northernmost 5G service area. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband Corporation (Nasdaq: LBRDA, LBRDK, LBRDP). Learn more about Liberty Broadband at http://www.libertybroadband.com.