Terrestrial Broadband Connects Southwest Alaska to the World for the First Time


ANCHORAGE, Ala., Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — General Communication, Inc. (“GCI”) (NASDAQ:GNCMA) announced today that on Thursday, January 12, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell hosted the first live terrestrial videoconference between Juneau and Bethel’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC).

The videoconference utilized TERRA-Southwest, an $88 million terrestrial broadband “middle mile” project constructed by GCI’s wholly owned subsidiary, United Utilities Inc., using federal broadband stimulus funding provided by the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service. 

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. is working with GCI through an initial test phase expected to last two …