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Alaska's GCI Signs Up 100,000 Wireless Customers

General Communication Inc., the largest cable and telecommunications provider in Alaska, announced it now serves 100,000 wireless customers in the state under its own GCI brand, Alaska DigiTel and Alaska Wireless.

"We are extremely pleased to announce reaching this important milestone," GCI president and CEO Ron Duncan said, in a statement.

In addition, GCI said, more than 70% of its GSM wireless customers that used the Dobson/AT&T network have now been converted to GCI's new GSM statewide network, which currently serves Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Mat-Su, Kenai Peninsula, Valdez, Prudhoe Bay, the Nome/Norton Sound region and Bethel/Yukon Kuskokwim Delta areas.

GCI expects to serve the remainder of the state of Alaska by the end of 2010.

GCI launched its EVDO Rev A wireless data cards late in the fourth quarter of 2008, tied to its high-speed cable modem offerings at an initial price point of $20 per month.

The company's cable plant passes 90% of Alaska households and its satellite network provides communications services to small towns and communities throughout rural Alaska.