Midwest Wireless Expands Service Area by Acquiring Digital PCS Licenses

Pioneering Company Blazing Yet Another New Trail on the Communications

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Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Midwest Wireless

    MANKATO, Minn., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Midwest Wireless announced today
 that they have signed a definitive agreement to purchase digital PCS (Personal
 Communication Services) licenses from McLeodUSA Incorporated.  Financial
 details of the transaction were not disclosed.
     The acquisition will make it possible for Midwest Wireless to
 significantly expand its service offerings in a much larger geographic area of
 the Midwest.  The move will also provide Midwest Wireless with additional
 capacity for deploying wireless data services and other cutting-edge
 technologies within these license areas in the future.
     The communities covered by the PCS licenses include Dubuque, Ft. Dodge,
 Marshalltown, Mason City, Sioux City, Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Iowa, along
 with Worthington, Minn. and Sioux Falls, S.D.  The company previously acquired
 PCS licenses for Rochester and Willmar, Minn. and Watertown, S.D.   The
 licenses also include areas surrounding these communities.  Midwest Wireless
 expects the purchase to be finalized within the next 90 days, following
 regulatory review and approval.
     "The finalization of this agreement will make it possible for us to begin
 building a new wireless network in these areas, paving the way for the future
 deployment of advanced telecommunication services there," said Dennis Miller,
 President of Midwest Wireless.
     The effort is nothing new for a company considered a trailblazer in
 bringing new wireless services to the rural Midwest.  Midwest Wireless'
 original offering, Cellular 2000, was the first cellular phone service
 introduced in rural Minnesota.  The launch of their ClearlyDigital service
 represented another significant breakthrough for the company, putting them at
 the forefront of the digital revolution by introducing this new technology to
 many areas of the rural Midwest where it was previously unavailable.
     In recent years Midwest Wireless has focused on launching advanced
 services that utilize the company's strong digital service network.  Among the
 company's many accomplishments, Midwest Wireless is credited for being the
 first rural provider in the nation to offer two-way e-mail messaging, making
 it possible for wireless phone users to not only receive, but also send
 messages from their digital phone to other digital phones or any e-mail
 address.  Midwest Wireless is currently developing and testing a variety of
 wireless internet access technologies and looks forward to deploying these
 services, as well as a number of other data applications, in the coming
 months.
     "We're extremely pleased to be able to bring these new technologies to the
 areas we plan to acquire, as well as our existing territory," said Miller.
 "As a company we look at this as yet another exciting stage in our ongoing
 journey in bringing the very latest communication services to those living in
 the greater Midwest."
     This pioneering spirit has paid off for the 5-year-old company that last
 year posted $100 million in revenue.  Today Midwest Wireless has more than
 216,000 customers in 68 counties of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, making them
 the largest telecommunications provider in the region.  That customer number
 is expected to grow, given the fact that the new areas gained through the PCS
 acquisition include populations exceeding 1.4 million, nearly doubling the
 company's potential customer base to 2.6 million. For more information on
 Midwest Wireless visit http://www.midwestwireless.com
 
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    MANKATO, Minn., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Midwest Wireless announced today
 that they have signed a definitive agreement to purchase digital PCS (Personal
 Communication Services) licenses from McLeodUSA Incorporated.  Financial
 details of the transaction were not disclosed.
     The acquisition will make it possible for Midwest Wireless to
 significantly expand its service offerings in a much larger geographic area of
 the Midwest.  The move will also provide Midwest Wireless with additional
 capacity for deploying wireless data services and other cutting-edge
 technologies within these license areas in the future.
     The communities covered by the PCS licenses include Dubuque, Ft. Dodge,
 Marshalltown, Mason City, Sioux City, Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Iowa, along
 with Worthington, Minn. and Sioux Falls, S.D.  The company previously acquired
 PCS licenses for Rochester and Willmar, Minn. and Watertown, S.D.   The
 licenses also include areas surrounding these communities.  Midwest Wireless
 expects the purchase to be finalized within the next 90 days, following
 regulatory review and approval.
     "The finalization of this agreement will make it possible for us to begin
 building a new wireless network in these areas, paving the way for the future
 deployment of advanced telecommunication services there," said Dennis Miller,
 President of Midwest Wireless.
     The effort is nothing new for a company considered a trailblazer in
 bringing new wireless services to the rural Midwest.  Midwest Wireless'
 original offering, Cellular 2000, was the first cellular phone service
 introduced in rural Minnesota.  The launch of their ClearlyDigital service
 represented another significant breakthrough for the company, putting them at
 the forefront of the digital revolution by introducing this new technology to
 many areas of the rural Midwest where it was previously unavailable.
     In recent years Midwest Wireless has focused on launching advanced
 services that utilize the company's strong digital service network.  Among the
 company's many accomplishments, Midwest Wireless is credited for being the
 first rural provider in the nation to offer two-way e-mail messaging, making
 it possible for wireless phone users to not only receive, but also send
 messages from their digital phone to other digital phones or any e-mail
 address.  Midwest Wireless is currently developing and testing a variety of
 wireless internet access technologies and looks forward to deploying these
 services, as well as a number of other data applications, in the coming
 months.
     "We're extremely pleased to be able to bring these new technologies to the
 areas we plan to acquire, as well as our existing territory," said Miller.
 "As a company we look at this as yet another exciting stage in our ongoing
 journey in bringing the very latest communication services to those living in
 the greater Midwest."
     This pioneering spirit has paid off for the 5-year-old company that last
 year posted $100 million in revenue.  Today Midwest Wireless has more than
 216,000 customers in 68 counties of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, making them
 the largest telecommunications provider in the region.  That customer number
 is expected to grow, given the fact that the new areas gained through the PCS
 acquisition include populations exceeding 1.4 million, nearly doubling the
 company's potential customer base to 2.6 million. For more information on
 Midwest Wireless visit http://www.midwestwireless.com
 
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