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MOA, ACS sign three-year telecom contract: city saves $411k

Municipality of Anchorage, ACS sign three-year telecom contract
Agreement will save the MOA $411k over three years

ANCHORAGE- The Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) and ACS (NASDAQ:
ALSK) have entered into a three-year contract with ACS providing cell phone and
Internet service to the MOA.

MOA officials recently invited proposers to recommend efficiencies to reduce the
cost of the city's wireless communications while simultaneously improving
service. As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Lucinda Mahoney explains, "Telecom
companies are experts in their field, and we sought their expertise in order to
reduce our cost structure."

The ACS proposal will result in savings to the MOA of $411k over three years.
Not only will costs decrease, but service will improve. Specifics are as follows:

1. The Muni will save $100K on annual cell costs while receiving a better
plan (measured in minutes).

2. Internet bandwidth costs will drop by more than 50 percent and Internet
bandwidth available to the Muni, including public access at Loussac, will
increase by more than 50 percent.

3. Internet service (effective bandwidth per dollar) improves by more than
four times.

4. Muni employees will receive updated, improved handheld devices (i.e.
Blackberries) at no additional cost.

"This is another highlight in our comprehensive effort to look for efficiencies and
cut costs," said Mayor Dan Sullivan. "We're pleased to partner with ACS and
appreciate their creativity in finding ways to save us money and improve service
to the public."

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