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Alaska Communications Systems Announces Expanded Coverage in Fairbanks Area.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. ("ACS") (NASDAQ:ALSK), Alaska's leading integrated communications provider, today announced the expansion of its CDMA voice and data network to the Fairbanks area, extending the company's enhanced coverage into the Interior Region of the state of Alaska.

"With 88 thousand residents and tens of thousands more in visitors, the Fairbanks North Star Borough is the second most populated area in the State of Alaska," said Liane Pelletier, chief executive officer and president of Alaska Communications Systems. "Fairbanks is home to a state university and two military bases. Fort Greely is just down the road. We are working hard to bring the most comprehensive wireless mobile voice and data coverage to the most vital regions, and we are pleased to provide coverage to military personnel and residents as well as tourists throughout the year."

In addition to the wireless mobile voice and 1xRTT data speeds inherent to the ACS CDMA network, ACS previously deployed EV-DO capabilities in Fairbanks and North Pole, Alaska. The high-speed data connections provide 3G technology in the Interior with peak data speeds at 2.4 Mbps.

The new CDMA cell sites are located at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), along College Road; Eielson Air Force Base, near the ACS storefront; outside Bentley Mall in Fairbanks; and along Chena Hot Springs Road, a popular tourist destination. These new sites were added over the course of the last few months as part of ACS' aggressive build to cover about 80 percent of the state's population with CDMA technology by the middle of next year. The most recent tower was turned up at UAF on Thursday, December 15th.

About CDMA

CDMA stands for Code Division Multiple Access. CDMA inherently provides the best voice quality, fastest wireless data speeds, greatest security through its coding, and GPS location capabilities. It is the most rapidly expanding wireless network in the world, with CDMA coverage throughout 70 countries, including on the continents of North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

About Alaska Communications Systems

ACS is the leading integrated communications provider in Alaska, offering local telephone service, wireless, long distance, data, and Internet services to business and residential customers throughout Alaska. More information can be found on the company's website at www.acsalaska.com or at its investor site at www.alsk.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements about future results and other expectations constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations and the current economic environment. The company cautions that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. A number of factors in addition to those discussed herein could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. The company's financial planning is affected by business and economic conditions and changes in customer order patterns. Any projections are inherently subject to significant economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of ACS. For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with ACS' business, please refer to the company's SEC filings, including, but not limited to, the sections entitled "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 and the company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2005, and "Risk Factors" in the company's current report on Form 8-K dated November 29, 2005. The company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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