FORM 3
        
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person * Benken Richard 2. Date of Event Requiring Statement (MM/DD/YYYY)
5/30/2019 

3. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS GROUP INC [ALSK]
(Last)        (First)        (Middle)
C/O ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, 600 TELEPHONE AVE
4. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable) _____ Director                            _____ 10% Owner
___ X ___ Officer (give title below)          _____ Other (specify below)
Sr. Director Network Strategy /
(Street)
ANCHORAGE, AK 99503       
(City)              (State)              (Zip)
5. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)

 

6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line) _ X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned
(Instr. 4)
3. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Common stock, par value $.01   7491   D    

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned ( e.g. , puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(MM/DD/YYYY)
3. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
4. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 5. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
6. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Restricted Stock Units   (1) 3/1/2020   9/28/2027   Common Stock   2431   $0.00   D    
Restricted Stock Units   (1)   (2) 7/23/2028   Common Stock   12519   $0.00   D    

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  Amount represents a restricted stock unit award under the Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. 2011 Incentive Award Plan.
(2)  Restricted stock units granted under the Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. 2011 Incentive Award Plan scheduled to vest in three equal annual installments beginning on the first company business day on or after March 1, 2019, subject to continued employment.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Benken Richard
C/O ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS
600 TELEPHONE AVE
ANCHORAGE, AK 99503


Sr. Director Network Strategy

Signatures
/s/ Diedre Williams, by power of attorney 6/11/2019
** Signature of Reporting Person Date

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