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Begich Welcomes News of ACS/GCI Wireless Merger

Says New Wireless Network will lead to a Boost in Service

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich offered his support following today’s announcement from Alaska Communication Systems (ACS) and General Communications Inc. (GCI) that the two companies closed a transaction to create the Alaska Wireless Network (AWN), after receiving approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  AWN is a wireless infrastructure joint venture that will combine the wireless networks of ACS and GCI.

“I applaud ACS and GCI for their willingness to be innovative and aggressive in the telecom sector,” said Sen. Begich. “They will not only be working together to build this robust wireless network, but they will also continue to compete for customers. It is critical for Alaskan companies to find ways to attract customers as big businesses, like Verizon Wireless, enter into the Alaskan marketplace.”

As a member of the Senator Commerce Committee with oversight of the FCC, Sen. Begich encouraged Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn to act on the request of ACS and GCI for regulatory approvals necessary to create the joint venture.  

“I know that Alaskans will welcome a new player in the wireless network marketplace,” said Sen. Begich.  “AWN will have extensive wireless coverage throughout Alaska and is sure to be a boost to service through competition.”

Since his tenure began in the Senate, Sen. Begich has remained a steadfast champion for telecommunications needs in Alaska.

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