DENVER, May 2, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced today that it provided fast, seamless deployment of high-speed Internet access to the Sterling Public School District after the organization?s former Internet service provider (ISP) closed its doors.
Qwest is providing Sterling School District with dedicated Internet access (DIA) service, which links the district office and the schools within the district directly to Qwest?s fiber-optic network, which spans more than 190,000 miles and circumnavigates the globe.
?The Colorado Legislature recognizes the increasing importance of technology in education,? said Rep. Diane Hoppe (R-Sterling). ?The Internet is providing never-before-possible educational opportunities, and we are happy that Qwest is helping make sure that schools in all parts of the state are reaping the benefits.?
?When we lost our ISP, we needed a reliable access provider that could get us up and running quickly,? said Dr. Martin L. Foster, superintendent of Sterling School District. ?Qwest easily met our expectations and ensured that we experienced a nearly seamless transition onto the Qwest network.?
?We pride ourselves on understanding customers? requirements and then tailoring a solution that meets their individual needs,? said Shaun Gilmore, Qwest?s executive vice president for global business accounts. ?This quick implementation is just one example of our willingness to go to extra mile to ensure the best possible customer experience.?
Qwest is committed to offering a full slate of telecommunications options for businesses and consumers. This year, Qwest expects to add long-distance service to its product array, which will save customers in Colorado more than $170 million annually, or an average of up to $80 per household, according to a study by Professor Jerry A. Hausman, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Telecommunications Economics Research Program. After Qwest is approved to re-enter the long-distance business, the company will be able to provide customers with a real competitive choice for long-distance service, as well as offer bundled services and the convenience of a single bill.
Bridging the Digital Divide
Separately, in June 2000, the State of Colorado awarded Qwest a $37 million, 10-year contract to build a digital voice, video and data network to provide high-speed links to state offices and schools in all 64 counties across Colorado. Qwest recently completed phase one of the ?Multi-Use Network? or MNT, and now 38 counties are connected to the fiber-optic network, which is designed specifically to benefit Colorado?s rural areas. This partnership with the State of Colorado is another example of the private sector establishing a system for the public sector, which will help state, and local educational institutions meet their goals while stimulating economic growth throughout Colorado.
Qwest also has contracts to provide high-speed Internet access to K-12 schools throughout Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Qwest also has deals to provide various communications services to state and local government organizations in 40 states.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband 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 190,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.
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