OWATONNA, Minn., November 15, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, today announced the deployment of Qwest Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service in Owatonna, bringing advanced telecommunications services to many customers within the community. The high-speed, ?always-on,? broadband connection allows customers to surf the Internet at speeds ranging from 256 Kilobits per second to 7 Megabits per second, or up to 125 times faster than a traditional 56K modem.
As part of its merger agreement with Minnesota, Qwest agreed to deploy DSL in various Minnesota cities. Qwest?s DSL deployment in Owatonna is part of the original commitment.
?DSL service is in high demand across Minnesota and we?re extremely pleased to provide citizens in Owatonna with one of the fastest, most reliable Internet connections available anywhere in the country,? said John Stanoch, Qwest vice president of policy and law for Minnesota. ?With this expansion, customers in Owatonna will now have high-speed Internet access to help their businesses run more effectively and enrich their overall Internet experience.?
?I am pleased that Qwest is bringing advanced telecommunications services to Owatonna,? said State Senator Dick Day (R- District 28). ?Qwest?s local investment is good for Owatonna and its residents, and helps ensure our community?s continued success.?
?Qwest is committed to offering a full slate of telecommunications options. Beginning next year, we hope to add long-distance service to our product array, which will help consumers save money on their monthly phone bill,? said Stanoch.
Qwest?s DSL service in Owatonna will extend to most customers within a three-mile radius of its central office.
For more information about DSL from Qwest, please call 1-800-244-1111 (residential customers) or 1-800-603-6000 (small business customers).
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