HURRICANE, Utah, December 11, 2002? Qwest Communications today announced that many residents in Springdale, Hurricane and Washington can now receive Qwest Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service as a result of the company?s deployment of DSL. 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 communities,? said Robin Riggs, Qwest president, Utah. ?Our customers in Springdale, Hurricane and Washington demonstrated a great desire for DSL service, and today Qwest is able to meet that need.?
?I?m excited that Qwest has invested in our area?s development by bringing high-speed broadband services to the communities of Springdale, Hurricane and Washington,? said State Representative-elect Brad Last of Hurricane. ?This gives the residents in our area another broadband option to help ensure our community?s continued growth and success.?
?DSL service is a cutting-edge technology and we?re very pleased to bring it to Springdale, Hurricane and Washington,? said Bonnie Anderson, vice president of network operations for Qwest in Utah. ?With this expansion, Qwest customers in these communities will be able to enjoy a service that can simplify their personal lives and help their businesses run more effectively.?
Qwest?s DSL service will extend to most business and residential customers within a three-mile radius of the central offices in Springdale, Hurricane and Washington.
Customers who want to order Qwest DSL can call 1-800-244-1111 (residential customers) or 1-800-603-6000 (small-business customers).
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