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GCI Pairs 1-Gig Broadband With Bigger Data Plan

Alaskan MSO GCI said it has bumped the monthly limit of “Red,” its 1 Gbps residential cable modem service, from 750 gigabytes to 1 terabyte

Customers on Red, which is paired with an upstream that maxes out at 50 Mbps, have the option to purchase additional 30 GB buckets of data for $10 when they exceed their monthly limit.

Under a “No Worries” option launched in January 2015, customers have the option to buy additional buckets of data, upgrade to a different plan, or shift temporarily to a “basic” level of service of less than 1 Mbps with no overages.

GCI said its other No Worries Internet plans will also receive bigger data plans and faster speeds later this year. Currently, it’s 100 Mbps service is paired with a 300 GB limit, alongside 50 Mbps/150 GB, and 10 Mbps/40GB.

“GCI is excited to be the only company is Alaska offering 1 Gig speeds with a terabyte of data each month in communities all over the state - from Anchorage to Fairbanks to Juneau to Mat-Su,” Paul Landes, GCI’s SVP and GM, consumer services, said in a statement.

GCI currently offers the 1-Gig Red tier in Anchorage, Fairbanks, the Mat-Su Borough and Juneau.

Comcast is testing a 1-TB data policy and an unlimited data option in select markets.

Per the conditions tied to its acquisition of  Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications is prohibited from imposing data caps and usage-based data pricing for a period of seven years.