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Media Contact: 
Will Wiquist, 202-418-0509
For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 – The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau has 
reached a $2.4 million settlement with General Communication, Inc. (GCI), resolving an investigation
into five 911 service outages that occurred on the company’s wireless network in various parts of Alaska 
between August 2008 and April 2016.  As part of the settlement, GCI has agreed to strengthen its 
procedures for providing 911 service and to adopt robust compliance measures to ensure that it adheres to 
the FCC’s 911 service reliability and outage notification rules in the future. 
"Americans should be able to reach 911 at any time, whether they live in New York City or a village in 
Alaska," said Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. "We will continue to work with 
service providers across the nation to ensure they meet this critical expectation to protect the public's 
In its investigation, the Enforcement Bureau found that the five separate GCI 911 service outages
prevented significant numbers of the company’s wireless customers from reaching first responders when 
making 911 calls.  The investigation determined that all five outages would likely have been either 
minimized, or entirely avoided, if GCI had implemented appropriate safeguards in its 911 network 
architecture and operational procedures.  The investigation also found that GCI did not provide timely 
notification of three of the five outages to the affected 911 call centers.  Further, GCI did not submit 
timely Network Outage Reporting System reports to the Commission in four of the five outages.  
To resolve the Bureau’s investigation, GCI will pay a $2.4 million fine and has agreed to implement a 
compliance program to strengthen its 911 resilience and its 911 risk management processes.  In particular, 
GCI will develop and implement processes to: 
? Identify risks that could result in disruptions to 911 service; 
? Protect against such risks; 
? Detect future 911 outages; 
? Respond with remedial actions, including prompt notification to affected 911 call centers; and
? Recover from such outages on a timely basis.
In addition, GCI will maintain up-to-date contact information for 911 call centers, adopt a plan to notify 
911 call centers during outages, and maintain contact with the Alaska 911 Coordinator’s Office when 
necessary. The consent decree also requires GCI to file detailed compliance reports with the Enforcement 
The Commission has adopted a number of rules intended to ensure seamless, ubiquitous, and reliable 911 
service nationwide.  Wireless carriers are required to implement 911 routing and delivery systems to 
ensure that 911 calls are transmitted to the appropriate emergency call centers, to notify those call centers 
of 911 service outages lasting longer than 30 minutes, and to timely notify the Commission regarding the 
nature and extent of those outages.
Today’s settlement with GCI is the fifth major enforcement action involving 911 outages that the FCC 
has taken in the last fourteen months. In July 2015, the FCC entered into a $17.5 million settlement with 
T-Mobile in connection with two nationwide 911 outages that impacted T-Mobile customers.  In April
2015, the FCC entered a $16 million settlement with CenturyLink and a $1.4 million settlement with 
Intrado Communications, in connection with an April 2014 multi-state 911 outage that lasted for over six 
hours.  In March 2015, the FCC settled with Verizon for $3.4 million in connection with the same April 
2014 outage.
The GCI consent decree is available at:
The T-Mobile consent decree is available at:
The CenturyLink, Intrado Communications, and Verizon consent decrees are available at:
Office of Media Relations: (202) 418-0500
TTY: (888) 835-5322
Twitter: @FCC
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action.  Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes 
official action.  See MCI v. FCC, 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).