TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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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. 

KUCB Staff

Updated 6/13/19 at 3:40 p.m.  

The City of Unalaska is still trying to fix damaged powerhouse equipment that's prompted about five outages in the last week and a half.

Public Utilities Director Dan Winters said the city flew in an engineer on Tuesday to examine a viper control switch, which has run aground for unknown reasons.

KUCB Staff

In downtown Unalaska and the valley, communications are returning to normal after a power outage Tuesday affected landline telephones, internet service, and other networks.

The outage was caused by a leak in a powerhouse engine's cooling system, according to Public Utilities Director Dan Winters.

While it took several hours to isolate and repair the leak, Winters said the city's electrical operations are back to normal and he doesn't expect any similar problems in the future.