GCI turned on five new cell towers in Sitka just before New Years, at least a full week ahead of schedule. The Alaska-based telecommunications company struck a deal with the Sitka Electric Department, which invested $300,000 installing the 60-foot towers -- but only GCI customers will benefit initially.
In what the parties are calling a unique public-private partnership, the Sitka Electric Department has just installed five new cell phone towers -- on behalf of wireless service provider GCI. The deal could help shave Sitkans’ electric bills by around $2-million over the next 20 years.Read More
UPDATE 10:47 AM FRI JUL 25, 2014 An early morning earthquake today is causing widespread communications problems in Southeast Alaska. Both Alaska Communications and AT&T wireless and internet services were affected. A recorded message on ACS’s customer services line says the outage is affecting some customers in Southeast. “This is our highest priority and we are working to restore service as quickly as possible,” the message said. ACS spokeswoman Hannah Blankenship says crews are still working to determine which networks were affected by the quake. An AT&T representative could not be reached for comment. Revised figures from the Alaska Earthquake Information Center put the quake’s magnitude at 5.9. It struck about 97 miles west of Juneau at a depth of about 6 miles. It was followed by several aftershocks. The largest was magnitude 5.7.