October 15, 2008
The increased speeds are available through a service called Xtreme, and will be available following the recent $33 million fiber optic cable investment that connected Ketchikan to the United West cable line stretching from Seattle to Southcentral Alaska.
According to Miguel Torres, Ketchikan System Manager, the improvements will double the online speed former users of Hypernet Silver will experience when they upgrade to Xtreme. Ultimate Package subscribers who choose to upgrade to GCI's new-to-Ketchikan, Ultimate Xtreme packages, can see speeds up to 20 times faster and get unlimited downloads. An Internet file that took three minutes to download on Hypernet Silver will take a little more than nine seconds with Ultimate Xtreme Power.
The current Hypernet speeds have a capacity of 512 Kb - 1.5 Mb per second and the new Ultimate Xtreme services will be offered at the same prices with a capacity of up to 10 Mb per second. The price of each of the new Xtreme packages range from $49.99 to $149.99 per month.
To upgrade to the improved service, Ketchikan residents can visit the GCI Ketchikan store, Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm, and Saturday, noon to 4pm, at 2417 Tongass Avenue #104, in the Plaza Mall or call 907-225-2191 or visit www.gci.com.
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