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ACS announces 10 Mbps home internet service

4G LTE in the works

Posted: April 10, 2012 - 11:00pm

Alaska Communications Systems has had a busy several weeks as the telecommunications company announced its new home Internet service and the addition of the iPhone to its smartphone lineup.

ACS first offered its home Internet service plan in March. The plan features download speeds up to 10 megabits per second, no data caps and uploads to 1 Mbps.

Customers do not need to install additional phone lines. Installation takes five steps and can be completed by the user. Technical support is available.

Alaska Communications also announced it would sell Apple’s iPhone with a choice of voice, text and data plans. It does not carry the iPad 3.

While the iPhone 4S is capable of sending data over one of the industry’s fastest data networks, Alaska Communications’ iPhone customers in Juneau do not yet have access to a 4G network. Alaska Communications is in the process of an upgrade to its third generation networks in the Juneau area. It plans to roll out the faster Long Term Evolution 4G in the near future with speeds around 12 Mbps.

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly awarded Alaska Communications a lease renewal for a tower on North Douglas Island on April 2. The telecom’s lease now extends through 2045.

Verizon has also applied for permitting to build a broadband cellular tower in the Mendenhall Valley area. Verizon 4G phones use the LTE protocol.

For more information visit www.alaskacommunications.com.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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