Salt Lake City, February 9, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that Davis County Schools has expanded its relationship with Qwest through a multi-year, multimillion-dollar contract for Qwest?s dedicated Internet access (DIA) services, which Davis County Schools uses to connect all schools and administrative offices in the district.
Davis County Schools has installed super-high-speed Qwest GeoMax? service into all Davis School District classrooms, which will provide increased opportunity and access to advanced applications and technologies. With access to Gigabit speeds, teachers and students will be able to take advantage of multi-location information sharing; participate in video-streaming sessions broadcast from anywhere around the world; and originate and receive high-quality voice, video, HDTV and data service over one, extremely reliable connection.
?This advanced network further provides Davis County students with the very best access to any resource in the world ? voice, video and data," said Dick Lemon, director of communications for the Davis School District. ?This service also will enable us to reach our goal of providing voice over data lines, a cutting-edge and cost-effective application that will allow telephone access in every classroom.?
Funds that Davis County Schools is using to deploy this service come from the federal E-Rate program ? the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism. The fund provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the U.S. to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. Qwest has worked with Davis County Schools for five years to maximize the amount of funding the school district receives as part of the E-Rate program. Although the district had choices of providers for its communications services, it chose Qwest.
?We are pleased that we could help Davis County Schools obtain funding under the E-Rate program. This clearly demonstrates the scope of Qwest?s commitment to its customers,? said Jerry Fenn, Qwest president for Utah. ?We are proud of our affiliation with Davis County Schools, which continually leads the way in deployment of the latest technology to expand the schools? educational opportunities.?
Qwest?s GeoMax service brings broadband, high-speed service to all K-12 schools, colleges and universities throughout the state. The service is an essential part of a statewide initiative by public and higher education, Utah telecommunication providers and the Utah Education Network.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 47,000 employees are committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.
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