MEDFORD, Ore., July 15, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced the deployment of Qwest Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service in southern Oregon, bringing advanced telecommunications services to many customers in Gold Hill, Jacksonville, Medford, Phoenix-Talent and Rogue River. 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.
?Our investment is a result of the strong partnership that exists between Qwest and these local communities,? said Judy Peppler, vice president of policy and law for Qwest in Oregon. ?Gold Hill, Jacksonville, Medford, Phoenix-Talent and Rogue River demonstrated a great desire for DSL service, and today Qwest is able to meet that need.?
?I am pleased that Qwest has brought high-speed DSL service to the people of southern Oregon,? said Senator David Nelson (R-Pendleton), the Oregon State Senate Majority Leader. ?This is the fulfillment of a commitment by Qwest under the provisions of SB 622 to bring high speed communications capabilities to rural Oregon. I am eagerly awaiting the completion of the fiber optic rings and the deployment of DSL throughout Qwest?s service areas in rural Oregon. SB 622 and Qwest?s significant investment are evidence that the unique business/government partnerships can work to the significant advantage of Oregonians.?
?DSL service is a cutting-edge technology and we?re very pleased to bring it to southern Oregon,? said Randy Hagedorn, vice president of network operations for Qwest in Oregon. ?With this expansion, customers in southern Oregon will now have another high-speed Internet access option to help their businesses run more effectively and to simplify their personal lives.?
Qwest?s DSL service, already available in Grants Pass and Ashland, will extend to most customers within a three-mile radius of the central offices in Gold Hill, Jacksonville, Medford, Phoenix-Talent and Rogue River.
In addition to installation of the new DSL service, Qwest also announced today that it has completed construction work on the self-healing fiber ring connecting every southern Oregon community served by Qwest. By the end of the month, Qwest is scheduled to complete its work moving all voice and data traffic in the area onto the ring, bringing route diversity and telecommunications service redundancy to all of Qwest-served southern Oregon.
Qwest?s support of the DSL expansion and fiber ring projects is a result of Senate Bill 622, passed by the Legislature in 1999. The bill established a fund in 1999 that made financial support available to applying communities showing a need for increased bandwidth, route diversity and access to advanced telecommunications services for their residents.
Qwest is the only company that has elected to participate in the legislation and provided roughly $70 million for infrastructure improvements in exchange for freedom from traditional rate-of-return regulation. As a result, nearly every Qwest central office will become equipped to offer DSL, bringing high-speed Internet access to both urban and rural areas of the state. Many communities around the state also will receive advanced high-speed data switches and voice mail technology. The new technology, including completion of five self-healing fiber rings, will be operational statewide over the next 12 months.
As part of the legislative agreement, Qwest also provided $50 million for high-speed Internet connections to Oregon schools and two-way video connections to every Oregon high school, both inside and outside of Qwest territory. Every school was wired and every high school received its two-way video equipment before the end of 2001.
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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