New Internet connectivity allows businesses in underserved areas of Alaska to be more connected than ever

Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) is working with rural businesses to provide solutions to the state´s unique set of logistical and technological challenges, allowing them to be more connected than ever, the company said.

Alaska Communications is proud to provide support solutions to Nome-based Kawerak, a regional non-profit corporation, by offering competitive, high-speed broadband. This move will address the extremely high prices and substantial bandwidth constraints previously faced by the Bering Strait Regional corporation.

In addition to its work in Nome, Alaska Communications is bringing new services to UtqiaÄ¡vik, Kotzebue, Point Hope and Wainwright. For the first time, Native corporations, government agencies, health care clinics, schools and businesses now can access competitive, high-speed, reliable broadband and managed IT services. Additionally, high-speed, reliable broadband is available through a fiber optic network where most new oil and gas development is occurring in Alaska´s North Slope.

The fiber optic broadband network is now available following a multi-year effort by Quintillion to lay infrastructure and connect two undersea fiber optic cable networks. The connection increases capacity and builds redundancy on the subsea fiber optic system, which allows Alaska Communications to expand broadband and managed IT service offerings to Arctic region businesses. Previously, only high-cost microwave and satellite were available from a sole provider.

Alaska Communications is the provider of advanced broadband and managed IT services for businesses and consumers in Alaska. The company operates a highly reliable, advanced statewide data network with the latest technology and the most diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous US For more information, visit www.alaskacommunications.com or www.alsk.com.

Headquartered in Anchorage, Quintillion is bringing lower-cost, high-speed broadband service options to rural Alaska and enabling new ground-based national defense infrastructure in the Arctic for the first time. For more information, visit www.Qexpressnet.com.