Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc.
Dec 23, 2003

Alaska Communications Systems Announces the Appointment of M. Andrew Coon as Director of Business Sales and Service; Industry Veteran Joins the ACS Team

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec 23, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. ("ACS") (Nasdaq:ALSK), the leading integrated communications provider in Alaska, today announced the appointment of Andrew Coon to the position of Director of Business Sales and Service. Mr. Coon has over 18 years of sales experience and brings major established relationships with many businesses across Alaska.

Most recently Mr. Coon worked at GCI (Nasdaq:GNCMA) where he was the director of major strategic accounts and the former vice president of Sales. At GCI, Mr. Coon was responsible for many large business accounts and for helping to develop the company's acquisition and retention strategy.

"We are delighted to add Andrew to the ACS team," said Liane Pelletier, ACS CEO and president. "Andrew's extensive knowledge of the Alaskan business market and his sales and customer retention experience will help solidify ACS' leading position in providing telecommunications services to businesses in the state of 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 Alaska. ACS currently serves approximately 316,000 access lines, 84,000 cellular customers, 43,500 long distance customers and 45,000 Internet customers throughout the State. More information can be found on the Company's website at

In addition to historical information, this release includes forward-looking statements, estimates and projections that are based on current expectations only, and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, many of which are beyond the control of Alaska Communications. Actual events and results may differ materially from those anticipated, estimated or projected if one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect. Factors that could affect actual results include but are not limited to: rapid technological developments and changes in the telecommunications industries; ongoing deregulation in the telecommunications industry as a result of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and other similar federal and state legislation and the federal and state rules and regulations enacted pursuant to that legislation; regulatory limitations on the Company's ability to change its pricing for communications services; the possible future unavailability of SFAS No. 71 to the Company's wireline subsidiaries; and possible changes in the demand for the Company's products and services. In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes and results may differ materially because of other, more general, factors including (without limitation) changes in general industry and market conditions and growth rates; changes in interest rates or other general national, regional or local economic conditions; governmental and public policy changes; changes in accounting policies or practices adopted voluntarily or as required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America; and the continued availability of financing in the amounts, at the terms and on the conditions necessary to support the Company's future business. These and other uncertainties related to the Company's business are described in greater detail in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002. The information contained in this release is as of October 30, 2003. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any of this information whether as a result of new information, future events or developments, or otherwise.

SOURCE: Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc.

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