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Illinois Valley Cellular Joins Associated Carrier Group

ACG / July 6th, 2006

The Associated Carrier Group, LLC, (ACG) announced today that Illinois Valley Cellular, a regional carrier serving North Central Illinois, has joined the group of independent tier two and three CDMA carriers.  ACG, formed in January 2005, is an alliance that collaborates efforts to provide timely and competitive value to consumers in member markets while creating efficiencies of scale for manufacturers and vendors.

“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, including streamlining technical requirements,” 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 pleased to have Illinois Valley Cellular as the newest member of ACG.”

“As the newest member of ACG, Illinois Valley Cellular immediately benefits from the group’s combined volume pricing model and technical expertise. In addition, our small rural cellular subscribers will have greater access to the latest technology, possibly months earlier than had we acquired it on our own,” said Illinois Valley Cellular General Manager Tom Walsh.

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

About Illinois Valley Cellular
Celebrating 15 years in operation, Illinois Valley Cellular is devoted to providing excellent wireless services to the people of North Central Illinois.  The company serves Illinois RSA 2. The RSA (Rural Service Area) represents over 250,000 POPS serving the counties of LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam, Marshall, Stark, Livingston, Ford and Iroquois.

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

For information about ACG, contact:  Gwen Watts, 601-974-7219, gwatts@cellularsouth.com.