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GCI ANNOUNCES A REDUCTION IN WORK FORCE

 GCI ANNOUNCES A REDUCTION IN WORK FORCE
 ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 18, /PRNewswire/ -- Officials at GCI,


(NASDAQ: GNCMA) an Alaskan long distance communications, today announced a reduction in the company's work force.
 GCI currently employs 307 people. The decision to downsize was carefully analyzed by company officials with the goal of ensuring GCI would continue to deliver high quality service at the lowest rates in Alaska's highly competitive market place. Delivery of efficient customer service will continue to be a top priority. The 19 employees that staff GCI's 24-hour, seven-days-a-week customer service lines are not affected.
 Twenty-one employees, from management and non-management, will leave their jobs before the end of the year. The decision was based on the fact that planned major construction projects have been completed, and none are anticipated in the coming year. Supervisors worked with the employees and tried, where possible, to place them in available positions for which they were qualified before layoff notices were released.
 "Competition had a great deal to do with our decision to reduce cost," said Wilson Hughes, GCI's executive vice president and general manager. "GCI's success in an extremely competitive environment is because we provide quality service to our customers at lower rates than our competition." Hughes emphasized GCI's "customer first" philosophy will continue in an even more competitive market for both interstate and intrastate long distance service.
 GCI's 1992 business goals include a high retention of customers, gaining new customers in current market areas and moving into new markets. Hughes said the message is loud and clear: Alaskan customers like competition.
 "Customers realize that it is because of competition that long distance telephone quality is better and the rates are lower," said Hughes. "Alaskans want a choice."
 GCI, founded by Ron Duncan and Bob Walp in July 1979, brought interstate long distance competition to Alaska. In May 1991, GCI expanded to include intrastate service. Based in Anchorage, GCI currently serves 80,000 customers statewide.
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 /CONTACT: Wilson Hughes, 907-265-5427 or Nancy Snyder, 907-265-5510, both of GCI Communication Corp./
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