GCI offers cable modem Internet access to Valdez

Jan. 29, 2001
GCI (NASDAQ:GNCMA), a provider of Internet access, has arrived in Valdez. GCI, Alaska's largest Internet Service Provider, announced that high-speed, dedicated access to the Internet via cable modems is now available.

GCI (NASDAQ:GNCMA), a provider of Internet access, has arrived in Valdez. GCI, Alaska's largest Internet Service Provider, announced that high-speed, dedicated access to the Internet via cable modems is now available.

Cable modems use the coaxial cable that provides television service instead of the traditional copper wire from the local telephone company. Coaxial cable has a much greater carrying capacity than telephone wire, and can be used simultaneously to deliver both cable television service and Internet access. Customers can watch their favorite cable show, talk on the telephone and surf the Internet at great speeds, all at the same time. GCI's cable modem service also allows for secure, digitally encrypted transmission as a standard feature.

The high-speed service comes after six months of plant and equipment upgrades, including the activation of fiber optic cable servicing the Airport and Robe River areas. Valdez cable modem service is connected to GCI fiber optic network, which connects Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau to the lower 48 states.

GCI's cable modem Internet service provides 256 kilobits-per-second to 1.5 megabit-per-second access speed and free 24-hour technical support via telephone or online. Each modem can support up to eight computers and can be used in a local area network. Customers can stay connected 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, allowing for real-time information and e-mail access.

The cost for cable modem service is as low as $49.99 per month when bundled with GCI long-distance service. No term contract is required and the modem equipment is included in the price. Service is available for both residential and business users. Currently, customers can receive one free month of service and free activation.

In order to use GCI's cable modem service, users must have an Ethernet-equipped computer and subscribe to at least basic cable television service or pay an access fee.

About GCI:

GCI (Nasdaq:GNCMA) is an Alaska-based integrated communication provider delivering voice, video and data services through its fiber optic, satellite, hybrid fiber coaxial and metropolitan area networks. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com.

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