OMAHA, July 28, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband internet communications company, today announced it is consolidating in Omaha cutting-edge technology data centers from Colorado, Texas and Ohio. The company will also invest more than $40 million to expand the data center over the next several years. Qwest Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Nacchio, who is in the state today meeting with customers, government and business leaders , said Omaha was chosen for the data center expansion because of its workforce, communications resources and pro-competitive marketplace.
The Omaha expansion involves the installation of new facilities such as server computers and related equipment connected to Qwest's high-speed fiber-optic Internet network to handle service and billing operations. Data operations in Dublin, OH near Columbus, San Antonio, TX and Denver will be phased out over the next two years as they are consolidated into Omaha.
"Omaha is an excellent choice for our expanded data operations because of the talent in the market, the communications infrastructure and the strong, pro-competitive attitude of the city and state leaders," said Qwest's Nacchio. "Nebraska consumers and businesses have benefited from one of the most robust competitive environments in the country."
Nacchio added that the Nebraska Public Service Commission is farther along than any of the 14 states where Qwest provides local service in the review of Qwest's application that would allow the company to market and sell long distance services in the state. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 requires Qwest to meet specific requirements demonstrating that its local markets are open to competition.
The data center, which is operational 365 days a year, employs the newest building and infrastructure system, designed to ensure constant availability and reliability. The center is responsible for creating residential and business customer bills as well as all long-distance carriers' bills. In addition, the center supports a wide variety of internal computer systems used by Qwest's customer-contact employees to provided high-quality service to customers and ensure faster service, installation and repair.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 104,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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