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Old 12-03-2015, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, FL
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I know this is Fairbanks, but I figured since the Fairbanks forum applies to more people, I'd ask here to get a wider range of feedback.

Anywho, as the titles says, how is the internet connectivity in the North Pole? I'd prefer not using GCI seeing as how I frequently stream movies from Netflix, or torrent movies and video games. Also, avid YouTube watcher. In general, I use more than the 40 gigs available for GCI's cheapest package, and would prefer not spending a butt load of money to get 600 gigs per month that I'd STILL have to be careful about going over.

I know in Fairbanks, there's Alaska Communications, but I couldn't find out if they were available in the North Pole.
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:57 PM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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ACS (Alaska Communications) is spotty in parts of the interior. I think the easiest thing is to just call or email them the location (i.e. address or whatever of your house) you'll be wanting the internet and asking, honestly. I am in one of the small interior towns and I have ACS home internet, but my neighbor two miles away can't get it. It's been reliable and comparatively affordable for me...I have unlimited bandwidth and pay like $80 per month.
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Old 12-03-2015, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, FL
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I don't live there yet, but am planning on moving there in the future. Internet is just a large factor due to my career (graphic designing), combined with frequently streaming Netflix, Skyping, YouTube, torrenting, and general browsing, which will undoubtedly take up loads and loads of internet bandwidth.

Regardless, I appreciate the response. I will email ACS asking about their availability.
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Old 12-03-2015, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Both GCI and ACS are available in North Pole and Fairbanks. ACS is spotty by Fox, and so GCI in some areas near Fox.

While GCI is the fastest of the two, its broadband is limited to a certain amount. ACS is a little slower but plenty fast for streaming movies and videos from Apple, Netflix, etc., and is unlimited. My plan with ACS is for a landline tel., and Internet for $79.00 plus tax, which brings it up to $110.00 a month.

GCI should be good for you as long as you don't go over the monthly limit on your plan.
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Old 12-03-2015, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, FL
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Yeah I don't expect, or need, extremely fast internet. So long as it doesn't buffer every 20 seconds, I'm fine with it.

I emailed ACS already, just asking about their general availability in the North Pole, as well as plans/pricing.

Thanks for the replies though!
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Old 12-03-2015, 10:03 PM
 
Location: NP AK/SF NM
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Nothing wrong with GCI....I'm in North Pole and running 100 mbps with 300 gb of data with them. I have teenagers in the house so lots of data is good!
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Old 12-03-2015, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, FL
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Lots of data is good, indeed. However, I went to my router settings on the first of the month and looked at how many gigs of data I went through in the month of November. It was quite large. 718 gigabytes just in one month (can screenshot for proof for those who think I'm overexaggerating). This is split between my desktop computer, my own MacBook, girlfriends MacBook, my cell phone, and girlfriends cell phone, as well as occasional family/friends who come by and connect to WiFi.

As I said, I rely quite heavily on internet and specifically the amount of bandwidth I use.
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:35 PM
 
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Default Gotta ask...

Because it's not everyday I hear about someone moving to the North Pole...

And especially since it currently shows you're from Florida...
What brings you to the North Pole and do your friends and family in Florida think your nuts?
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, FL
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I visited the Fairbanks and North Pole area 2 or 3 times as a child, the last time being when i was 15, and loved being out and away from the big city that I've grown up in.

I also love the cold, much prefer it to the heat. I know people are going to harp on me a ton for saying this, but in all honesty, I wanna move there to get out of the city, and get the furthest away from Florida as possible without moving to a different country.

Indeed, my friends think I'm full blown nuts and have even started a pool betting that I back out of my decision to move there, but my closest friends do support me. My family is on edge, some supporting, others denying, my decision. It's mostly due to heritage, and my family generations stretching back to my great grandfather being born and living in Florida. I'd be the first one to move out of state since him.
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Old 12-04-2015, 03:33 AM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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My town here is a few hundred people, so the idea of moving to North Pole to get away from city life kind of cracks me up. We go to NP/Fairbanks periodically to do city things like eat restaurant food and sit in traffic jams.
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