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Alaska Communications Systems Announces Expansion of CDMA Coverage to Ketchikan.

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 coverage in Southeast Alaska to include areas surrounding Ketchikan.

"The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is home to approximately 13,000 residents. Additionally, it is a summer destination for hundreds of thousands of tourists making their way through the Inside Passage," said Liane Pelletier, president and chief executive officer of ACS. "This year, the cruise ship industry expects to bring more than a million visitors to Alaska, with more than 800,000 moving through Ketchikan alone. CDMA cell phone users visiting this Southeast destination will now have voice and data roaming capabilities."

The latest CDMA sites in Ketchikan are part of ACS' CDMA build, which is expected to cover 80 percent of the state's population by the middle of this year. Southeast Alaska residents and visitors have already enjoyed CDMA coverage in Juneau and Sitka for some time, with Mobile Broadband Internet capabilities in the state capital of Juneau as well as other population centers of the state. Mobile Broadband Internet speeds peak at 2.4 Mbps.

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 Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is located in Southeast Alaska, at its southernmost end. It is the first port of call along Alaska's much traveled Inside Passage. Ketchikan is located within the Tongass National Forest and has been known for its timber, fish processing, and tourism industries.

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.

Forward-Looking Statements

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 "Risk Factors" and "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, 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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