Skip to comments.GCI Celebrates 3G Data Service in Bethel with 6,000 Cheeseburgers
Posted on 06/17/2014 8:04:59 PM PDT by skeptoid
GCI celebrated the launch of 3G data service in Bethel by flying in 6,000 McDonalds cheeseburgers. The Friday lunchtime crowd stretched out and around the parking lot of the Long House Hotel.
Standing over 100 people in line for burgers, GCIs Vice President for Wireless Services, Dan Boyette, says crews are continuing to tweak the network, but it appears to be functioning as intended.
All of those things that people really had trouble doing before like browsing the internet or sending pictures..that sort of thing will work fine now with the 3G speed, while its tough with the 2G or EDGE speed, Boyette said. Its a huge improvement and its something we want to keep doing throughout Western Alaska.
GCI has invested millions of dollars over the last several years, including work to build the TERRA-Southwest fiber optic and microwave tower connection. Boyette says tests show phones getting 6 to 7 megabit per second downloads speeds. He says people who dont have smartphones should see better performance because the old networks is seeing less demand from smartphones.
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Residents have been getting more and more frustrated with their wireless service, so GCI flew in 6,000 MacDonalds cheeseburgers to mollify the locals at the big opening day of the new service!
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McDonalds cheeseburgers suck to begin with and to feed them to people after hours in flight! WOW! What a way to pacify the mob. And, 6000 burgers for 100 people ... what’s with that?
Mayhap I’m reading this wrong?
not even 6,000 people live in Bethel.
sorry there are just over 6K living in Bethel.
I'm betting they arrived frozen and were warmed/cooked in Bethel in those quick MacDonalds ovens on site, just like your local MacDonalds does it.
But who knows?
6000 McDonald’s cheeseburgers?
Wow, that’s almost a quarter pound of meat!
ROFLMAO!!! Great point. ;-)
Salad days for Bethel, AK. First Internet and now McDonalds hamburgers right on its heels. Who knows what is next in store for this rugged Yukon town.
White Castles would’ve been much better.
We lived in Juneau for many years and when McDonald’s first opened up in the 80’s it was huge and there were people camped out in the snow overnight to get some mickey D chow. They had big mac airlifts to villages and other small towns in southeast Alaska until everyone finally got indigestion and the novelty faded.
NOW yer talkin’! Loves me some sliders.
they wanted their customers to either get constipated or have diarrhea?
They need to design the menu for the region. How does a well done Mc-Moose-Burger sound? or Grilled Otter-Breakfast Patties? I’d try some. Powered Donuts could be called Northern Snowballs.
I agree. For the life of me, I will never understand why so many Americans think that the "food" that McDonald's serves is good. The only explanation is defective palates.