MINNEAPOLIS, December 22, 2003 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that the company made Qwest high-speed Internet service available to 81 new Minnesota neighborhoods and communities during 2003. As a result, more than 34,000 additional homes and businesses in Minnesota now qualify for Qwest DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) service.
?Qwest is committed to increasing DSL availability so more customers can receive this in-demand service,? said John Stanoch, Qwest president for Minnesota. ?The DSL deployments we?ve made this year are a direct response to the strong customer demand we are seeing for the service and ensure that more customers are able to receive a complete solution that includes local, long-distance, wireless, video and DSL service.?
To bring the benefits of broadband to even more new customers, the company has competitively priced its Qwest DSL starting at only $15 per month (plus the fees associated with the Internet Service Provider each customer selects). For example, if a customer purchases Qwest Choice DSL with MSN Premium, the price will be $31.99 per month for up to 256 Kilobits per second.
According to the Yankee Group, U.S. broadband access is expected to increase 165 percent by 2005 to 35.5 million households and Qwest expects to play a key role in expanding Qwest DSL availability to more customers. In fact, Qwest has invested in excess of $100 million for DSL expansion efforts in 2003. This commitment will extend into additional DSL investments in 2004. Once this DSL expansion effort is complete, an additional 900,000 homes and businesses region-wide will qualify for Qwest DSL service.
Customers who purchase the Qwest Choice residential local package or DIRECTV programming service valued at $39.99 per month (or higher) through Qwest will receive Qwest Choice DSL with MSN Premium for:
- $26.99 per month for up to 256Kb ($31.99/month without a package)
- $39.99 per month for up to 640Kb ($44.99/month without a package)
Minnesota is a key example of Qwest?s DSL expansion commitment. In 2003, Qwest has newly deployed or expanded DSL coverage to the following Minnesota communities: Afton, Albert Lea, Anoka, Blaine, Brainerd, Brooklyn Center, Buffalo, Burnsville, Cambridge, Coon Rapids, Crystal, Duluth, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Grand Rapids, Maplewood, Marshall, Minneapolis, North Branch, North St. Paul, Plymouth, Rockford, Shakopee, St. Cloud, Stillwater, St. Peter, Wayzata, Windom and Winona.
Qwest DSL Benefits
According to Jupiter Research, online holiday shopping has increased more than 20 percent each year over the last several years, and Jupiter predicts it will increase by another 20 percent this year to $16.8 million. With Qwest DSL, customers can conduct their online holiday shopping quickly and easily, without the delays that often occur with dial-up. Other benefits of DSL include the ability to:
- Talk on the phone while surfing the Internet or reading e-mail
- Enjoy immediate access to the Internet ? no need to ever dial in again and no more busy signals when trying to connect to the Internet
- Download movie clips quickly for easy previews at home
- Share the high-speed connection with everyone within a household or small business (wirelessly or through a wired set-up)
- Download photos or large files in seconds rather than minutes
- Download the latest games in seconds and interact with players from all over the world in near real-time
- Download music in minutes rather than hours
For questions about qualification, packages or pricing, or to order Qwest DSL, please call 1-800-244-1111 (residential customers) or 1-800-603-6000 (small-business customers). Customers also can visit
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