Anchorage, AK (2011)

Terra NW

Massive broadband expansion brings improved healthcare and connectivity to remote Alaska


  • NMTC Amount: $140,523,585
  • Total Project Cost: $140,523,585


  • 95 FTE jobs
  • 691 construction jobs


Project Description

The Alaska telecommunications provider, GCI, completed Phase 1 of the TERRA-NW broadband service in December and started transmitting commercial traffic on Jan. 3, 2013. Travois New Markets used a portion of its 2011 allocation to assist with financing.

The new network provides broadband to 808 businesses, 79 schools, and 74 hospitals and clinics, including the new $91 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — funded, tribally-owned, and operated Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome.

Alaska Natives who live in remote villages were able to use video conferencing to receive medical and psychiatric care; students can connect over video conferencing to receive remote instruction in courses — all services which were once thought impossible.

Other stages of the project have received NMTC financing as well.


Address: 2550 Denali Street, Anchorage, AK 99503

Census Tract: 2020001400

Voices from the Community

NMTCs have helped unlock over $200M in private investment for a broadband network now serving over 44,000 mostly Alaska Native people in 84 remote western Alaska communities.

-Lewis Schnaper, Vice President, GCI Business, GCI Communication Corp., Anchorage, AK

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