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Alaska's GCI Latest to Promise 1 Gbps Fiber to the Press Release
by Karl Bode 04:37PM Thursday Dec 19 2013 Tipped by McLovin See Profile
DSLReports reader McLovin See Profile directs our attention to the fact that Alaska cable operator GCI is the latest ISP to piggyback on the public and press obsession with 1 Gbps speeds recently started by Google Fiber. Like C Spire, CenturyLink, AT&T and others, GCI has announced they too will be offering 1 Gbps connections to select customers sometime down the road. I affectionately call this "fiber to the press release" when the PR is maximized but the actual real-world deployment is often unspecified or negligible.

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GCI says they're deploying 1 Gbps service sometime in 2015 via a brand they're calling Fiber re:D (pronounced red). According to the company FAQ, interested customers can sign up here to be notified of when they can get the faster speeds.

Like a growing number of 1 Gbps announcements it's light on details, with GCI only saying they'll spend "tens of millions" to expand infrastructure that will make 1 Gbps possible over the next few years. This map of red lines shows what GCI insists is a "general outline of how we will evaluate customer interest by neighborhood."

The reD brand conversion applies to the company's current offerings as well. As part of the brand refresh, the company is upgrading their 50Mbps/5Mbps tier to 100Mbps/5Mbps and dropping the price from $200 per month bundled to $175 per month. A monthly 500,000 MB cap remains in place. The company's website states there's a $12 per month "access fee" if you don't subscribe to GCI television service.

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tshirt
Premium,MVM
join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:5
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·Comcast

Red lines...

...or redlining?
»www.gci.com/internet/fibered/map
You asked for it, and now you have to hope you live in the right place, and all your neighbors agree, and are credit worthy, and the local company can compete for investor cash to complete the build, and the you'll be able to afford the end result.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: Red lines...

That map covers almost everywhere in Anchorage that has a decent population density. There may be a few areas that are redlined out over by UAA/ Botanical Garden, but for the most part, it looks like they are considering most of the population of the city.

tshirt
Premium,MVM
join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:5
Reviews:
·Comcast

Re: Red lines...

But every POTENTIAL fiberhood has to buy in to get service rather than the universal build outs required by incumbents, and this is rapidly becoming the acceptable way it is done.
eventually you'll end up across the country of fiberhoods or broadbandless slums, the haves and the have-nots.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: Red lines...

Then maybe more neighborhoods should sign up. They'll still have cable and DSL even without fiber. I guess it just sucks for people with tech retarded neighbors.

toby
Troy Mcclure

join:2001-11-13
Portland, OR

Alaska, land of caps

GCI love their data caps!
Millenium

join:2013-10-30
kudos:1

Pricey

$212 for internet? God bless!

What in the world are they going to ask for Fiber re:D?

Kasoah

join:2013-08-20

Re: Pricey


McLovin
Chicka chicka yeah
Premium
join:2005-06-12
Fairbanks, AK
Reviews:
·GCI.net
Allegedly the 1Gbps service will be the same cost as I'm paying now for the 100Mbps service ($175/mo). Mind you this is on top of CATV offerings, as my total bill is now about $260/mo. I have cellular service with them as well, but can't bundle that with anything else, but it is far cheaper that AT&T/Verizon
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Tube surfin' at 100Mbps/5Mbps
Os

join:2011-01-26
US

Some of the Most Punitive Caps in the Country

GCI has low caps, and charges by the MB, and the price depends on the speed and service you receive. Alaska deserves better, but because of their isolation, GCI can pretty much get away with murder up there.

McLovin
Chicka chicka yeah
Premium
join:2005-06-12
Fairbanks, AK

Re: Some of the Most Punitive Caps in the Country

They can and do. No other option, really.
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Tube surfin' at 50Mbps/5Mbps
biochemistry
Premium
join:2003-05-09
92361

Money

With all of the money Alaska has, why not just build their own FTTH network?
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Unicorns! Show ponies! Where's the beef?!

Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

100Mbps @ 500GB/Mo?

I pull that with my current 30Mbps Cable Modem service in a week or two (Steam redownload).

rb

@google.com

ACS announced fiber to the node.

This site didn't accept my submission that Alaska Communications, the area telco, announced a fiber to the node project in their recent stock filings. GCI might actually get competition.