DENVER and REDMOND, Wash., August 7, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, and MSN today announced the launch of several new packages that combine Qwest?s fast, reliable broadband network with MSN® Internet Access, content and award-winning services. The packages will be available to more than 12 million customers in the 14 Western United States where Qwest provides local services.
Using the industry-leading Qwest broadband network for high-speed Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and dial-up services, customers will have access to MSN, the leading online consumer network in the world. The packages are competitively priced starting at $18.95 per month for the dial-up access and $39.95 and $49.95 for broadband DSL access packages.
"Customers will be able to experience the Internet the way it should be experienced ? with broadband-specific content that can be tailored to their needs and interests," said James A. Smith, Qwest executive vice president of consumer markets. "We?re combining the capabilities of Qwest?s high-speed network with leading MSN online content and services."
"Our alliance with Qwest is a key step in making MSN the premier broadband solution provider," said Ted Kummert, vice president of the subscription software division at MSN. "Through this relationship, customers can access industry leading MSN services and broadband optimized content over Qwest's reliable, fast infrastructure."
With the launch of the new packages, current Qwest.net customers and those with Qwest DSL high-speed access will have the opportunity to seamlessly transition to one of two new packages — MSN Internet Access Powered by Qwest™ or MSN Broadband Powered by Qwest™ — with a fast, dedicated connection. With this transition, Qwest.net customers will see numerous benefits with MSN that they didn?t have before, including additional mailboxes, increased storage for Web pages, and Web-based access to e-mail. Current customers will receive information about how to make the transition to MSN.
Consumers will benefit from MSN, which is the fastest growing Internet service provider, and have access to the world's number one network and services, leading e-mail and instant messaging services and 24x7 friendly, toll-free customer support that helps users stay connected to the people and information they care about most. Qwest?s broadband network, including its high-speed DSL service, is currently available to more than 3.5 million homes and businesses across the 14 states where the company provides local telephone service. A major expansion plan announced earlier this summer will extend the service to an additional 2.5 million homes and businesses over the next two years that will have the opportunity to benefit from the new package offerings.
The package launch is integral to Qwest?s long-term strategy of bringing long-distance service to all of its customers who continue to look for all of their services ? voice, data, Internet, wireless and long-distance ? from one provider on one bill. Qwest expects to be able to offer long-distance service as part of its consumer bundles by early next year.
MSN is the world's most popular destination on the Web, attracting more than 250 million visitors per month. Available in 33 markets and 17 languages, MSN provides consumers with their home on the Web where they can get everything they need from the Web and make the most of their time online. MSN is a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers and digital marketing solutions to businesses worldwide. MSN is located on the Web at http://www.msn.com/.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software ? any time, any place and on any device.
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