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Big Planet to Speed Up Qwest in $65 Million Deal

Multimedia communications company Qwest Communications International Inc. today signed a four-year, $65 million contract with network firm Big Planet to provide communications services, including high-speed connectivity, to the Qwest network and long distance service.

In addition to the network services, the agreement calls for Qwest's commercial and consumer services to be offered via Big Planet's InterNetworking distribution channel, a person-to-person marketing tool. Also as part of the deal, next year Big Planet is scheduled to offer customers IP-based telephony services from Qwest, as well as other products and services designed to improve network performance.

"The Internet is rapidly becoming an effective and integral means to sell high end telecommunications services," said Lew Wilks, president of business markets for Qwest.

"Along with their Web based approach, Big Planet's person-to-person marketing force clearly positions them to take advantage of this growing opportunity. Big Planet represents another example of Qwest's innovation in building creative distribution channels in the communications marketplace."