July 21, 2008
GCI Starts Subsea Work for Fiber-Optic Cable Network in Southeast Alaska
GCI, a US-based telecommunications company, has announced that its engineers will begin working in Southeast Alaska waters soon, placing 750 miles of fiber optic cable on the ocean floor.
The $33 million project will connect five more communities to the Alaska United West line that currently connects Alaska to the Lower 48, providing alternate routing and overflow traffic-handling capabilities for residents of these Southeast communities. GCI expects the system to be complete by November 2008.
Richard Dowling, senior vice president of corporate development at GCI, said: "This fiber optic network will provide new and faster services to more than 50,000 people in Southeast Alaska. The addition to our network is another important step in creating and maintaining a self-healing telecommunications network."