ANCHORAGE, Alaska—GCI and Alaska Communications announced, Tuesday, a joint wireless venture called the Alaska Wireless Network.
The companies say it is an effort to remain competitive with national carriers AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
GCI company spokesman David Morris says both GCI and Alaska Communications wireless sectors will retain their current branding, but share infrastructure.
Morris says customers should not notice a difference, other than increased service.
GCI will become the two-thirds majority owner of the new company.
Current GCI Chief Operating Officer, Wilson Hughes, will serve as AWN's CEO.
With the joint venture, the companies claim their service will cover 95 percent of the state.
The joint venture only applies to the company's wireless portions.
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