GCI seeks to add local service in 10 cities

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communications Inc. has filed an official request to begin local telephone service in 10 Alaska communities, principally in the Kenai Peninsula and Fairbanks regions, the company said Thursday.

GCI wants to offer local service in Nenana, Fort Greely, North Pole, Delta Junction, Kenai, Soldotna, Ninilchik, Homer, Seldovia and Kodiak. The areas have about 53,000 lines altogether.

GCI filed the request with Alaska Communication Systems. ACS would continue to maintain the lines under the terms of the 1996 telephone deregulation law, while GCI would pay to lease connections to homes and businesses that sign up for its service. GCI hopes to provide service in some of the communities by fall of 2003.

The announcement came three days after Superior Court Judge John Reese affirmed the Regulatory Commission of Alaska's decision to allow local competition to go forward in most of ACS' service areas, GCI said.

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