BEMIDJI, Minn., June 11, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced the deployment of Qwest Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service in Bemidji, 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.
"DSL service is a cutting-edge technology and we?re very pleased to bring it to Bemidji,? said John Stanoch, vice president of policy and law for Qwest in Minnesota. ?With this expansion, customers in Bemidji will now have another high-speed Internet access option to help their businesses run more effectively and to simplify their personal lives. Soon we?ll file an application with the FCC to add long-distance services to our product array, which will save our customers in Bemidji and the rest of Minnesota even more on their monthly phone bill.?
?I am pleased that Qwest is bringing more high-speed broadband service to Bemidji,? said Representative Doug Fuller (R-Bemidji). ?Qwest?s local investment is good for Bemidji and its residents, and helps ensure our community?s continued success.?
?Our investment is a result of the strong partnership that exists between Qwest and the local community,? said Randy Williams, vice president network operations and engineering. ?Bemidji demonstrated a great desire for DSL service, and today Qwest is able to meet that need. Bemidji?s new DSL subscribers will be the real winners.?
Qwest?s DSL service in Bemidji will extend to most customers within a three-mile radius of the 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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