DENVER, July 2, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it has been awarded a multimillion dollar, multi-year contract to provide high-speed network access to the Crossroads Distance Learning Education Consortium (CDLEC) in Nebraska.
"The Crossroads Distance Learning Education Consortium project will expand educational offerings between member K-12 schools in our immediate future. We will eventually have the capacity to make this an almost-statewide system, which goes well beyond our own local membership. In this era of declining budgets and tax support, sharing qualified and hard to find teachers in a variety of disciplines will provide students in rural Nebraska with access to classes that have not been available before," said Tom Carlstrom, superintendent of schools for the Humphrey Public Schools and president of CDLEC. "This technology, provided by Qwest and others, is a big boost to rural Nebraska and will tie communities together by offering educational opportunities to all learners."
Under the contract, Qwest, together with other communications carriers, will provide high-speed access that will support interactive video and audio transmissions, as well as Internet access, thereby enabling the delivery of distance-learning educational initiatives to CDLEC members.
?Qwest is pleased to provide the video, audio and data interactive communications network to help accelerate the role of technology in education,? said Shaun Gilmore, Qwest executive vice president for global business accounts. ?In the not-too-distant future, it will be common for all classrooms ? rural or urban ? to have access to these learning programs.?
The Crossroads Consortium is made up of 11 school districts and Educational Service Unit 7 in east-central Nebraska. The Crossroads Consortium also will have connections to Northeast Community College, Wayne State College and other schools served by distance-learning consortia in the eastern half of Nebraska. These distance-education consortia serve more than 200 schools.
?High-speed video and data networks are playing an increasingly valuable role in education and are providing learning opportunities that simply aren?t available without them,? said Tim Sandos, Qwest vice president of policy and law for Nebraska. ?Qwest is delighted to help enable the delivery of distance-learning initiatives that are transforming the educational landscape in Nebraska.?
Qwest was chosen to build a digital voice, video and data network to provide high-speed links to state offices and schools in all 64 Colorado counties, and has contracts to provide high-speed Internet access to K-12 schools throughout Colorado, Kentucky, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah and Washington. Qwest also has deals to provide various communications services to state and local government organizations in 40 states.
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