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GCI BRINGS CHOICE TO ALASKA'S TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONSUMERS WITH 1-800-COLLECT

 ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- General Communication Inc. (GCI) (NASDAQ: GNCMA) today announced a new service being offered as part of the company's strategic alliance with MCI (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC). 1-800-COLLECT is a major breakthrough in the way consumers can make collect calls. Travelers, fishermen, students, children plus men and women in the armed services will be able to use this service from any phone in America. The savings on Alaska originated long-distance collect calls will be up to 44 percent over current Alascom operator- assisted collect calling rates. Americans now make 1 billion collect calls each year, spending more than $3 billion.
 MCI's 1-800-COLLECT service starts today with GCI making this same service available within the next 60 days. The service will allow consumers who currently make collect calls to chose the lowest rate when placing these calls.
 To use the new service, callers simply dial 1-800-COLLECT (1-800-265-5328) to reach an operator who will connect the call. Neither the caller nor the recipient needs to be an MCI or GCI customer.
 MCI has multi-lingual operators who can assist callers in the following foreign languages when placing and receiving 1-800-COLLECT calls. These are: Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and German. Callers can make 1-800-COLLECT calls to 110 foreign countries and places.
 "With GCI's provision of 800 collect service in Alaska, 1-800- COLLECT will be available throughout the United States. Alaskans can use it in their home state or when traveling," said Gerald H. Taylor, president of MCI Consumer Markets.
 "This is the first of many unique services offered because of GCI's strategic alliance with MCI," said Wilson Hughes, GCI's executive vice president and general manager. Hughes went on the say, "It is another example of the Alaskan marketplace benefiting from competition."
 GCI, an Alaska-based long-distance company, provides service to more than 80,000 customers.
 MCI, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the nation's second-largest long-distance provider. MCI offers consumers savings and superior customer service through a number of innovative global products and services.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Duck of GCI, 907-265-5458; or Bonnie Bernholz of Bernholz & Graham, 907-561-4488, for GCI; or Su-Lin Cheng of MCI, 703-415-6902/
 (GNCMA MCIC)


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