SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Nov. 5, 2007 – Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that broadband Internet service is now available in Arlington as a result of an investment to upgrade the local telecommunications network. With Qwest® Broadband, Arlington residents can experience a high-speed broadband connection that provides them with immediate access to the Internet. The company now offers high-speed access to about 83 percent of households within Qwest’s residential service area.
Qwest Broadband is easy to set up, easy to use and a great value. Customers get high-speed Internet access with a “one-click” connection and no dial-up wait. Qwest Broadband is up to 125 times faster than a dial-up connection, which allows customers to quickly send digital photos and attach large files. Plus, J.D. Power and Associates recently named Qwest “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among High-Speed Internet Providers in the West Region.”
"We are excited to bring Qwest Broadband to Arlington, and offer residents and businesses cutting-edge, advanced technology to stay connected,” said Larry Toll, Qwest president for South Dakota. "Qwest’s investment and interest in serving the needs of customers in South Dakota reflect our commitment to delivering the Spirit of Service to the community."
Qwest Broadband provides great value for customers with super-fast performance (up to 7Mbps) and Microsoft Windows Live included at no additional charge. With new options for wireless home networking available, there has never been a better time to get Qwest Connect® Silver (download speeds up to 1.5Mbps) with Windows Live or Qwest Connect Platinum (download speeds up to 7Mbps) with Windows Live. (Availability will vary by location.) And with Qwest’s Price for Life Guarantee, customers who sign a two-year agreement receive the same low monthly price for their Qwest Broadband service for as long as they maintain the service.
Windows Live Services by Qwest brings the essentials of the Internet experience together, and keeps customers better protected, informed and connected. Windows Live OneCare, included at no charge with Windows Live, offers customers one suite of services to protect and maintain their PCs with comprehensive anti-virus, anti-spyware and PC health—all in one place. Qwest Mail by Windows Live contains new features which make it easier to use e-mail, with up to 11 e-mail accounts, 2GB of storage, a reading pane that lets customers read their mail without leaving their inboxes, drag and drop functionality, advanced spam filtering and notification and AutoComplete population of addresses right out of their address books. And, Windows Live Services by Qwest includes a super-fast, persistent Web search that includes maps, directions and even images and video—built right into the browser so it’s right at customers’ fingertips.
Qwest also offers free resources for families to learn about safer and smarter use of the Internet. According to a recent study conducted by University of New Hampshire for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), one in seven children have received a sexual solicitation or approach while online. Qwest and NCMEC are working together to help educate parents and guardians about the potential risks children may encounter while online. To learn more about Internet safety and Qwest resources, visit www.IncredibleInternet.com.
Qwest is currently offering Qwest Broadband service starting as low as $26.99 per month, plus tax.
For more information about availability, packages or pricing, or to order Qwest Broadband, please call 1 800-244-1111 (residential or small-business customers). Customers also can visit www.qwest.com/residential to quickly determine whether Qwest Broadband is available in their area.
Qwest offers a unique and powerful combination of managed voice and data solutions for businesses, government agencies and consumers – locally and throughout the country. Customers coast to coast are turning to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber optic network and its Spirit of Service for quality products and superior customer experience. Qwest is a participant in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, to provide leading-edge voice, data and video services. For more information on Qwest, and its various operating subsidiaries, please go to www.qwest.com. For information about the products and services Qwest is offering in the Networx contract, visit www.gsanetworx.com.