Alaska Communications Systems Announces Expansion of CDMA Network in Barrow and Grand Opening of Retail Outlet with New ACS Wireless Agent Alaska Commercial Company

Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. (ACS) (NASDAQ:ALSK), is proud to announce the expansion of its CDMA network and new retail relationship with Alaska Commercial Company. ACS, along with ACC, is celebrating the grand opening of the Barrow retail outlet on Saturday, September 8th, within the AC Value Center store, located at 4725 Ahkobak St.

ACS is very excited about the investment we have made in Barrow, and the difference our CDMA expansion makes for our customers, who can now enjoy features already available throughout the rest of our network, such as text messaging and picture sharing, said Bill Bishop, director of retail sales. We are equally excited to celebrate our new relationship with Alaska Commercial Company, who, along with ACS, has been serving Alaskans for many generations.

Alaska Commercial Company is pleased to offer our Barrow customers the convenience of buying ACS products in town, without having to travel to Fairbanks or do business over the phone, said David Chatyrbok, ACC vice president of marketing.

The official ACS retail outlet Grand Opening in Barrow begins Saturday, September 8th, and runs through Wednesday, September 12th. Store hours are 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To celebrate the stores opening, a selection of free phones will be available to new ACS customers and to those converting to ACS enhanced CDMA wireless network. Visitors may also enter a drawing to win a free Motorola KRZR.

About Alaska Commercial Company

Alaska Commercial Company is Alaska's largest rural retailer, providing groceries and general merchandise through our AC Value Center Stores. ACC operates 30 stores and serves 21 communities across the state. This year, ACC is proud to celebrate 140 years of doing business in Alaska.

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 the state. More information can be found on the company's website at or at its investor site at


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