PHOENIX – March 9 – The next evolution of Qwest High-Speed Internet® has arrived in Phoenix and Tucson metro communities.* As Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q) expands its next-generation fiber-optic-fast Internet network, qualifying residents and small businesses in select areas can access connection speeds up to 40 Mbps downstream and 20 Mbps upstream – among the fastest upstream speeds available today.
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· This new service is also available to select areas in Cave Creek, Higley, Laveen, Marana, Maricopa, Mesa, Oro Valley, Queen Creek,Tempe and Tucson.
· These speed eicture sharing, improve online video chat experiences and provide smoother online-gaming experiences, as well as enhance the performance of home networks connecting multiple devices.
· The increase in both upstream and downstream connection speeds also complements current Qwest offerings, such as automatic online backup service and Video-on-Demand services through its DIRECTV® partnership.
· These speeds are available to qualifying customers at the following prices:
o Connection speeds up to 40 Mbps downstream with up to 5 Mbps upstream, starting at $99.99 a month for the first 12 months when combined with a qualifyt;mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">
o Connection speeds of up to 40 Mbps downstream with up to 20 Mbps upstream, starting at $109.99 a month for the first 12 months when combined with a qualifying home phone plan.
o Qualified customers with 7 Mbps, 12 Mbps or 20 Mbps downstream speed tiers can upgrade to 5 Mbps upstream speeds for an introductory rate of $5 more a month.
· Qwest’s premium service, delivering 40 Mbps downstream and 20 Mbps upstream, allows users to:
o Download an average 30-minute TV show in as little as 44 seconds.
· To check the availability of service in a specific area visit http://www.qwest.com/morespeed. Customers also can sign up to receive notification of faster speeds deployed to their neighborhood at the site, or by visiting the Qwest Internet Online Community forums.
· This technology expands on Qwest’s ongoing fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) deployment, which recently has passed 3.5 million potential residential and small-business customers throughout its local service region and aims to pass an additional 1 million homes by the end of 2010.
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