Qwest Communications And NYSERNet To Offer Colleges, Research Institutions High-Speed Internet Access Options

DENVER, October 14, 2002? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) and the New York State Education and Research Network (NYSERNet), founded by a consortium of leading New York state research and education institutions to provide high-speed Internet protocol (IP) network connectivity, today announced a joint effort to provide colleges, universities, hospitals and research facilities in New York state with cost-effective, high-performance network services.

?This agreement will enable the Mount Sinai School of Medicine to provide access to advanced networking to its faculty at an affordable price. With this expanded resource, researchers at Mount Sinai working on National Institutes of Health-funded projects can more effectively exchange large amounts of data with collaborators at organizations that already participate in the Internet2 community,? said Lynn Kasner Morgan, associate dean for information resources and systems at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. ?We applaud NYSERNet's initiative in establishing the program; as an existing Qwest customer, we anticipate implementation of the service to go smoothly.?

The NYSERNet-Qwest Integrated Access Service allows colleges and universities, hospitals, museums, libraries, and research organizations affordable access to NYSERNet?s dedicated research and education network, as well as other national and international research networks. By connecting to research networks over the same circuit as the public Internet, organizations can cut costs by paying for only one local-access connection, yet have a link to both networks.

?Institutions that do not have access to or could not afford high-performance bandwidth of research networks have been at a disadvantage in the competition for top faculty and students,? said Timothy L. Lance, president of NYSERNet. ?By combining research network bandwidth with standard Internet connectivity, schools can manage their day-to-day network resources while simultaneously meeting the demands of next-generation Internet research. Our partnership with Qwest to deliver integrated access supports our mission to provide advanced connectivity for institutions across the state.?

With integrated access, educational and research institutions can secure high-speed access ? either 45 Megabits per second (Mbps) or 155 Mbps ? to dedicated research networks and the public Internet while keeping bandwidth in reserve for future applications.

?Qwest is pleased to team up with NYSERNet to offer tailor-made Internet solutions that can help alter the research landscape throughout New York State,? said Cliff Holtz, executive vice president of Qwest?s business markets group. ?New York is brimming with colleges, universities, hospitals and research facilities, and they all deserve equal access to the resources that help them get the most out of their talented staffs.?

The Internet2 Abilene backbone network's Sponsored Education Group Participants (SEGP) program expands the opportunities for K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and research institutions to participate in inter-institutional collaborations and advanced applications development that require high-performance networking. NYSERNet, New York?s sole source provider of Internet2 network connectivity participates in the SEGP program and organizations that take advantage of the IAS product offering are eligible to participate.

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