DE SMET, S.D., June 19, 2008 – Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q) today announced that Qwest High-Speed Internet® service is now available in De Smet. With Qwest® Broadband, De Smet residents receive a high-speed connection that provides them immediate access to the Internet.  


De Smet Economic Development Director Bret Gardella, Black Tie Floral and Gifts owner Bill Halverson, and Qwest Network Technician Stan Anderson led the campaign to help bring broadband service to the city by generating interest among potential customers in the area.  

"We are excited to bring Qwest Broadband to De Smet and offer residents and businesses even more technologies to stay connected,” said Anderson. "Qwest’s investment and interest in serving the needs of customers in De Smet reflect our commitment to delivering the Spirit of Service® to the community."


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 also up to 125 times faster than a dial-up connection, which allows customers to quickly send digital photos and large files. Plus, J.D. Power and Associates last year named Qwest “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among High-Speed Internet Providers in the West Region.”


Qwest Broadband includes Microsoft® Windows Live™ at no additional charge. 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 powerful protection firewall, anti-virus, file backup, parental controls and more—all in one place.


And with options for wireless home networking, plus the speeds to meet customers’ needs, Qwest Broadband makes getting online simple:

  • Qwest Connect® Silver (connection speeds up to 1.5Mbps) with Windows Live starts at $29.99/month when bundled with a Qwest home phone package.
  • Qwest Connect Platinum (connection speeds up to 7Mbps) with Windows Live starts at $36.99/month when bundled with a Qwest home phone package.
  • 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. Otherwise, the price is guaranteed for one year.


To celebrate the launch of Qwest Broadband in De Smet, Qwest is offering a limited-time special on Thursday, June 26. Customers who sign up for the service with a Qwest representative at the De Smet Community Room from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. that day will receive a free standard modem and a $125 Best Buy gift card. Visit us at the Community Room to learn more.


Qwest also offers free resources for families to learn about safer and smarter use of the Internet. Qwest and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (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


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