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Alaska Communications Brings Carrier Ethernet 2.0 to Alaska and U.S.



  Alaska Communications Brings Carrier Ethernet 2.0 to Alaska and U.S.

             Advanced Ethernet Services Benefit Alaska Businesses

Business Wire

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- March 19, 2013

Alaska Communications (NASDAQ:ALSK) Alaska’s leading broadband solutions
provider, today became the first company in Alaska and second in the U.S. to
offer certified Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) services.

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), a global industry alliance that defines
Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services, recognized Alaska Communications
as a CE 2.0 service provider following its achievement of CE 2.0
certification. Alaska Communications is the third provider in the world to
achieve CE 2.0 certification.

The certification means the company meets international standards for its
business Ethernet services, making Alaska one of the best-connected business
communities in the United States.

“The achievement of the CE 2.0 service providers is a testament to their
commitment to outstanding delivery to the enterprise market. MEF CE 2.0
standards will enable enterprises to choose service providers with greater
speed, clarity and certainty,” said Nan Chen, MEF president.

CE 2.0 services offer major industries in Alaska like oil & gas, finance,
resource development, healthcare, education and government the dedicated,
reliable, secure networks needed to operate at peak performance.

“Our business customers have critical needs and require reliable, modern
Ethernet services. We are excited to offer that with Carrier Ethernet 2.0,
demonstrating our commitment and leadership in bringing world-class networking
capabilities to Alaska,” said Mike Todd, Alaska Communications senior vice
president, customer operations.

CE 2.0 extends Carrier Ethernet with added features essential for carriers
including multiple classes of service, greater manageability, easier
interconnect for eight standard service types and greater mobile backhaul
efficiency.

About Alaska Communications

Headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska Communications (Nasdaq: ALSK) is a leading
provider of high-speed wireless, mobile broadband, Internet, local,
long-distance and advanced broadband solutions for businesses and consumers in
Alaska. The Alaska Communications network includes advanced broadband and
voice networks and the most diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting
Alaska to the contiguous United States. For more information, please visit
www.alaskacommunications.com or www.alsk.com.

About The Metro Ethernet Forum

The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 210 organizations
including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network
equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing
organizations. The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of
Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier
Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote
interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide.

Contact:

Alaska Communications
Heather Cavanaugh, 907-564-7722
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