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GCI Calls On Lindsay for Phone Backup

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8/18/2010

ANCHORAGE -- In keeping with GCIs commitment to provide reliable phone services to their customers, the operator had to focus on E911 services. In order to do this, an emphasis on keeping the phone lines active during inclement Alaskan weather had to be a priority.

GCI which maintains an extensive stand-by system across their network will be extending their back-up capabilities into the house. By deploying Lindsay Broadband’s Universal LSA-UPS in homes receiving Digital Phone Services utilizing EMTAs, they will be providing their customers with over eight hours of standby power directly in the home, assuring them the dependability needed in case of emergencies.

The Lindsay LSA-UPS was designed with direct inputs from GCI to be mounted either indoors or out, convenient for all scenarios. The UPS will automatically activate when the home’s powering is lost, returning back to its original charging/stand-by stage when power is restored back to the home. Lindsay also devised this unit not drop calls during either stage of powering, by utilizing an ultra-fast AC/DC switch; a design that Lindsay has also imbedded in there MDU Amplifier and Optical UPS systems.

GCI Communications purchased and is deploying the LSA-UPS to their Smaller MDU units and large homes where additional RF powering and primary phone service is needed.

We’ve been using Lindsay’s larger MDU UPSs for a couple of years now, so when the need came up for a product to address the smaller MDUs and larger homes, we thought of them first.” stated Eb Pope, Sr Manager of Field Services of the GCI Anchorage Division. “Lindsay worked with us, using the same platform as their LHA35-UPS to cost effectively exceed GCI’s standard of at least eight hours of system back-up to the home, vital for providing the high quality, mission critical services that customers have come to expect from GCI”.

General Communication Inc. (GCI) (Nasdaq: GNCMA)

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