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GCI shows interest in ski area cell coverage

Posted: March 7, 2013 - 8:55pm  |  Updated: March 8, 2013 - 1:15am

Expanded cell phone coverage may soon be available to users of Eaglecrest Ski Area. General Communications Inc. (GCI) has expressed interest in installing a cellular antenna on the roof of the Eaglecrest base lodge.

During the regular Eaglecrest board meeting Thursday evening, Eaglecrest General Manager Matt Lillard said the coverage could extend to the area’s parking lot, at least. He brought the subject of GCI’s interest to the board for input.

Currently cellular access on the mountain is spotty at best. Providing expanded coverage would benefit Eaglecrest from a safety and customer service standpoint, Lillard said.

Lillard said GCI’s customers urged the company to provide coverage at the ski area. A contract to install and operate an antenna could happen soon.

"They seem very determined," Lillard said.

The Eagle Crest board would review any draft contracts. Lillard said GCI is so far the only cellular provider to express interest in coverage at the ski area.

However, “what ever we would do with GCI would not deter us from working with other providers,” Lillard said.

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

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