DENVER, May 23, 2001 ?Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced it is now offering high-speed digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet connections to businesses in the Detroit metropolitan area. Qwest?s DSL service is up to 18 times faster than traditional 56k modem dial-up connections that many small businesses use.
These services provide business customers broadband Internet connections with speeds ranging from 256 Kilobits per second to 1,000 Kilobits (one Megabit) per second. They also give customers direct access to Qwest?s portfolio of broadband applications and services, including Web site design and hosting, local area network (LAN) integration and long-distance services. Furthermore, Qwest provides customers with a single point of contact for business-class customer care ? and one consolidated service bill.
Qwest?s DSL services reach nearly 60 percent of all small businesses throughout Detroit.
?Many businesses that have been restricted to a 56K Internet connection now have access to Qwest DSL,? said Augie Cruciotti, executive vice president of local networks for Qwest. ?Detroit businesses will find that Qwest has the highest quality and customer service levels of any DSL provider.?
In the second quarter, Qwest plans to initiate service via a local fiber network in Detroit that will provide customers with direct access to Qwest?s high-speed global broadband Internet network at speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second. By the end of 2001, Qwest plans to have local networks operational and DSL services available in 25 major metropolitan markets.
For more information about Qwest?s Integrated Business Solutions, please visit www.qdsonline.com.
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