SALT LAKE CITY, March 27, 2007 - An agreement announced today by the developers of The Ledges of St. George and Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), makes The Ledges development the first community in southern Utah to be connected via fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology.
Through Qwest FTTH service, homeowners in the master-planned community in St. George will have Qwest High-Speed Internet service - up to 10 megabits per second. Homeowners will also have the option to choose a Qwest service bundle, including digital voice; DIRECTV service with access to more than 250 television channels in 100 percent digital-quality picture and sound, HDTV programming and digital video recorders; and Qwest wireless service all conveniently integrated on one bill.
In addition, during the home-buying process, trained sales professionals will promote Qwest's comprehensive, money-saving bundles of communications and entertainment services.
"This deployment is another example of Qwest's strategy to identify projects that will enable us to deploy fiber-to-the-home in an economically sensible manner," said Jerry Fenn, Qwest president for Utah. "It's exciting to deliver The Ledges residents the most advanced communications services available today."
Qwest FTTH connections in The Ledges will allow families to simultaneously run today's most bandwidth-intensive applications - such as Internet access to music and video downloading, online gaming, and streaming video - and assures customers their broadband connection will support tomorrow's applications with ease.
"We exhaustively evaluated all of our options in providing our homeowners with the optimum level in telecommunications and data transfer services," said Hans Kuhni, managing partner for The Ledges of St. George. "After weighing our options, Qwest was clearly far superior in their ability to not only offer single-point contact for our homeowners, but also in their commitment to both servicing existing infrastructure, and in upgrading the system when the need arises."
Unlike some other technologies, the Qwest connection speed is not diminished during peak usage times. The Ledges residents will simply plug their computer into a data jack built into the home, and they are ready to enjoy dedicated high-speed Internet access.
The applications for homeowners, schools and businesses at The Ledges are endless and include distance-learning, video conferencing and telecommuting. Qwest FTTH also levels the technology playing field for home-based businesses and may help reduce energy consumption and traffic congestion.
Qwest offers a unique and powerful combination of voice and data solutions for businesses, government agencies and consumers - locally and throughout the country. Customers coast to coast are turning to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber optic network and its Spirit of Service for quality products and superior customer experience. For more information on Qwest, and its various operating subsidiaries, please go to www.qwest.com
About The Ledges
The Ledges of St. George blends the splendor of well-appointed, exquisitely designed residences with breathtaking, high-desert mountain vistas in Southern Utah's most exclusive, premier golf community. Situated atop dramatic red rock mountains within the Arizona Plateau in Southern Utah's Western corner, The Ledges is only a short drive from magnificent national parks and the culturally thriving city of St. George, Utah, with its outstanding museums, historical sites, theaters and restaurants. Explore The Ledges community, with its championship golf course designed by Matt Dye, a well-appointed golf clubhouse, celebrated restaurant and construction ready to begin on a luxurious spa and fitness center. For more information, visit www.ledges.com or call 435-634-4600.