Denver, SEPTEMBER 25, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, today announced an agreement to provide service for Kmart?s BlueLight Unlimited Internet Service. Through the deal, Qwest will provide additional dial-up Internet access ports for customers in more than 2,000 cities and towns across the country for the BlueLight $8.95 Unlimited ISP, significantly expanding local Internet access and service for BlueLight?s subscribers.
The BlueLight Unlimited Internet Service is the lowest-priced major unlimited Internet service provider in the country at just $8.95 per month. Through the agreement, Qwest will provide BlueLight with thousands of dial ports, significantly increasing the number of local dial-up numbers that BlueLight Unlimited ISP customers can use to access the Internet. BlueLight is regularly adding additional local access numbers and expanding coverage areas to match the considerable growth and popularity of its new unlimited-use ISP; Qwest?s dial services ensure fewer busy signals and greater ability to connect.
?We have seen an incredible response to our new BlueLight Unlimited Internet Service and want to make sure we can meet demand levels by providing the highest level of connectivity possible,? said Heidi Gibson, general manager for Kmart?s BlueLight Unlimited ISP. ?It?s critical that we form relationships with stable, high-quality network services providers such as Qwest to fulfill our commitment to our subscribers to provide always-available Internet access.?
?We?re pleased that Qwest will be working with Kmart?s BlueLight Unlimited ISP as its service rapidly grows,? said Tom Hall, senior vice president, global business sales for Qwest. ?This relationship with Kmart expands Qwest?s presence in the Fortune 1,000 marketplace. Qwest is working with top enterprise companies to meet their communications needs by providing a broad range of network services including traditional dial-up and high-speed broadband.?
Kmart Corporation is a near-$40 billion company that serves America with more than 2,100 Kmart and Kmart Supercenter retail outlets and through its e-commerce shopping site, www.bluelight.com. Kmart donates $35 million each year to support its hometowns and local nonprofit organizations. Kmart associates also provide their most valuable resource - time - every day in their local communities. In addition to serving all 50 states, Kmart operations extend to the Caribbean Islands and Asia Pacific. More information about Kmart is available at www.bluelight.com under the "About Kmart" section.
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 113,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.
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