Technology

Planned GCI cellular service outage expected to disrupt emergency calls & response in Womens Bay

UPDATED: Feb. 14, 2024 Starting tomorrow GCI cell phone users in Womens Bay, just outside Kodiak city limits, will temporarily be without coverage while a local cell tower is upgraded. A text message from the company sent out over the weekend said that services including calls, text messages and mobile data will be unavailable through Thursday night at 6 p.m. …

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GCI to work on fiber-optic connectivity in Chignik & Larsen Bays this spring, then Port Lions and other island communities

Construction on high speed internet infrastructure is expected to begin in the Kodiak Island communities of Larsen Bay and Port Lions this year, as GCI prepares to set up fiber internet around the island and Alaska Peninsula. GCI’s AU-Aleutians Fiber Project has two phases. The first involves connecting four Aleutian communities along with Chignik Bay and Kodiak’s Larsen Bay to …

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GCI Launches Marine Survey in Hopes of Bringing Fiber Service To Unalaska from Kodiak by Late Next Year

By MAGGIE NELSON • KUCB GCI is partnering with a Matanuska Valley-based geophysical and geotechnical surveying company, Benthic Geoscience Inc., to chart the subsea floor along the fiber’s proposed route from Kodiak to the Aleutians.CREDIT COURTESY OF GCI Unalaskans could see a significant boost in internet service by late 2022, if GCI completes work to lay fiber cable as planned. The telecommunications company …

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GCI to upgrade wireless speeds across Alaska

By Wesley Early, KOTZ – Kotzebue – May 24, 2021 The state’s largest wireless internet provider is planning a major boost in service for both urban and rural Alaskans. GCI Antenna. (Sir Mildred Pierce/Flickr Creative Commons) Currently, Alaska’s fastest internet speeds are in more urban parts of the state, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and the Mat-Su Borough. In those areas, …

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Kodiak Pacific Spaceport: Negotiations for longer launch windows underway

The Alaska Aerospace Corporation says the windows for last week’s attempted rocket launches at the Kodiak Pacific Spaceport were too narrow. Astra, a California-based company, tried to send its 3.1 Rocket into space on four different days, each within a two-hour window. The president of Alaska Aerospace, Mark Lester, says it’s not unusual to have launches called-off during the testing …

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Thursday’s tsunami siren test part of a system upgrade

After a tsunami warning triggered by last week’s powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake, the sirens that went off Thursday afternoon in Kodiak made some people understandably nervous. Normally, the sirens sound-off every Wednesday afternoon for two minutes. But this Wednesday, they didn’t work properly. The problem?  An upgrade to the Kodiak Police Department’s radio dispatch system. Kodiak’s Police Chief Tim Putney …

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Kodiak may provide fiber optic broadband infrastructure to the Aleutians

GCI’s proposed project would bring undersea fiber optic cable from Kodiak to Unalaska, spanning approximately 860 miles.CREDIT COURTESY OF GCI by Hope McKenney–KUCB, GCI says it won’t move forward with bringing broadband communications to Unalaska at this time unless they receive a large grant from the USDA. The company has put in an application for a $25 million grant from …

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