DSLReports reader McLovin
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.
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.