SOURCE: Cellular South

November 14, 2006 10:00 ET

Associated Carrier Group Expands Membership

Addition of New Members Increases Competitive Value to Consumers

JACKSON, MS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 14, 2006 -- The Associated Carrier Group, LLC (ACG) announced today that it is expanding its growing membership with the addition of eight new members. ACG is an organization of independent tier two and tier three carriers that formed in January 2005. ACG serves as an alliance that collaborates to provide timely and competitive value to consumers in member markets. Membership in ACG creates efficiencies of scale for manufacturers and vendors by streamlining technical requirements and collaborative testing, with members benefiting from the group's combined volume pricing model and technical expertise.

The ACG is pleased to welcome the following new members:

--  NTELOS
--  Northwest Missouri Cellular
--  Appalachian Wireless
--  Cellular 29 Plus
--  Inland Cellular
--  United Wireless
--  Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative
--  Thumb Cellular
    
"ACG serves as a vehicle to harness its members' collective volume and knowledge to work with wireless phone and equipment manufacturers and vendors to increase efficiencies," said ACG President Greg Latour. "The group has initially focused on improving the widespread and timely availability of CDMA devices, enabling member companies to bring the latest technologies and cost savings to consumers in a timely manner. We're thrilled to be enhancing our group so significantly and welcome our new members."

Carriers interested in joining ACG or seeking further information should call 601.974.7219 or email gwatts@cellularsouth.com.

About ACG

ACG was formed to benefit both its members and the consumer by facilitating efficient production and marketing of devices. The consortium enables its members to work with manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors to develop and procure for their customers, scarce or unobtainable products in a timely fashion through economies of scale and standardization of coding and other features. In addition to the new members, the organization includes Bluegrass Cellular, Carolina West Wireless, Cellcom, Cellular South and Illinois Valley Cellular. More information is available at www.associatedcarriergroup.com.

Contact Information

  • For additional information about ACG, contact:
    Erin Conn
    312/616-2584
    econn@ckpr.biz