Alaska Communications

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Alaska Communications
Public
Traded asNASDAQALSK
Russell Microcap Index component
IndustryTelecommunications
FoundedAnchorage, Alaska (1998)[1]
HeadquartersAnchorage, Alaska
Key people
Anand Vadapalli, CEO
Websitewww.alaskacommunications.com

Alaska Communications (formerly Alaska Communications Systems or ACS) is a telecommunications corporation headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. It was the first telecommunications provider in the state of Alaska to maintain a third-generation wireless network and the only provider in Alaska that owned fully incorporated infrastructure for the major telecommunications platforms; wireless communications, Internet networking, and local and long distance phone service. Alaska Communications wireline operations include advanced data networks and an underwater fiber optic system; the Alaska Communications wireless operations included a statewide 3G CDMA network, and coverage extended from the North Slope to Southeast Alaska.

History[edit]

The company was formed in 1998, when CenturyTel announced the sale of its Alaska operations (newly acquired from PacifiCorp) to local management and Fox Paine & Company.[2] In 1999, Alaska Communications acquired Anchorage Telephone Utility from the Municipality of Anchorage.[3]

On February 3, 2014, Alaska Communications announced its purchase of TekMate.[4]

On December 4, 2014, GCI Wireless agreed to purchase the wireless assets of Alaska Communications for $300 million; the deal was completed in the first quarter of 2015.[5]

Current Projects[edit]

On May 25, 2017, Alaska Communications announced it will be offering Internet services via OneWeb.[6]

Alaska Communications has an agreement with Quintillion to use its submarine fiber optic cable to bring new services to some of Alaska’s northernmost communities: Utqiaġvik, Nome, Kotzebue, Point Hope and Wainwright.[7]

Business Technology Center[edit]

On June 9, 2016, Alaska Communications opened the Business Technology Center; the meeting space is open to community members, businesses, nonprofits and education organizations. It is located at 600 East 36th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska.[8]

Business Technology Center located in Anchorage, Alaska.

Community Work[edit]

Alaska Communications supports United Way, Junior Achievement, the University of Alaska, 90% by 2020, and FIRST in Alaska,[9] it also partners with Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska to put on Summer of Heroes, a program which awards scholarships to youth who are engaged in community service.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ACS Alaska Press Release Introducing New CEO". Retrieved 2006-12-01.
  2. ^ "COMPANY NEWS; CENTURY TELEPHONE TO SELL ALASKA OPERATIONS". The New York Times. 1998-08-18. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  3. ^ "Fox Paine & Company's Alaska Communications Systems to Acquire Anchorage Telephone Utility". Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  4. ^ http://investors.alsk.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=822747
  5. ^ http://www.alaskacommunications.com/-/media/Files/Press-Releases/2015/ALSK_News_2015_2_2_General-(1).pdf
  6. ^ http://www.alaskacommunications.com/-/media/Files/Press-Releases/2017/ALSK_News_2017_5_25_General.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.alaskacommunications.com/-/media/Files/Press-Releases/2017/ALSK_News_2017_3_8_General.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.alaskacommunications.com/-/media/Files/Press-Releases/2016/BTC-Press-Release-2016_06_08.pdf
  9. ^ "Our Work in the Community - Alaska Communications".
  10. ^ "Summer of Heroes - Alaska Communications".

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