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The federal government says it's investing $46.5 million to bring high speed internet to communities across coastal Alaska. That's expected to improve internet speeds in Southeast Alaska and out as far as the Aleutians.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue made the announcement Tuesday. He says he understands Alaskans are isolated by geography.

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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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to bring fiber optic broadband connection to communities along the Aleutian Island chain, where connectivity and bandwidth can often be unreliable or difficult to come by.

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On Thursday, OptimERA Inc. piloted a new data program for the community of Unalaska. The program gives customers 50 percent more usage at the same price point.

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On Friday, Unalaskans received a surprising—and enigmatic—message from public safety: that community members should expect GCI cell phone service outages starting this Wednesday, March 4.

The good news first: those outages have been tentatively rescheduled to April 10. The bad news? Depending on the level of connectivity, GCI customers could lose some or all phone service during that time. 

GCI is launching a $6 million project to upgrade satellite service in 61 rural communities across Alaska. 

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GCI has applied to bring broadband communications to communities along the Aleutian chain.

The proposed project would bring fiber optic cable from Kodiak to Unalaska, spanning approximately 860 miles.

Dan Boyette, Vice President of GCI, said getting the financing arranged and support from the business community for this project has proved to be a challenge. 

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