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Dell to Include ADSL Modems With PCs

Dell Computer Corp. has begun taking orders for its Dimension PCs that feature Cisco ADSL modems, providing high-speed Internet access to customers of U S WEST !NTERPRISE MegaBit Services.

The Dimension PCs provide Internet connectivity from four to 125 times faster than traditional 56K modems, using conventional phone lines.

"Today's announcement makes high-speed Internet access easier for consumers to get and provides a manageable telecommuting solution for our corporate customers," said Michael Dell, Dell's chairman and chief executive officer.

"Dell is working with U S WEST to help confirm if our customers are eligible for U S WEST MegaBit Service and custom-configure their Internet PCs with a Cisco modem that's ready for U S WEST ADSL services."

Dimension PCs with the Cisco ADSL modem retail starting at $1,399 and include a 333MHz Intel Celeron processor.

The Dimension PCs are part of Dell's ConnectDirect program offering high- speed Internet access, first launched in May. In addition to U S WEST, Dell has also paired with Bell Atlantic, SBC, @Home and 3Com to provide high-speed Internet access to its home and small business customers.

Dell's program comes on the heels of Compaq's "Triple Play" high speed Internet initiative, announced earlier this week at Comdex. Under the ambitious program, Compaq will bundle DSL modems with some of its Presario PCs. Compaq will begin taking orders for its DSL-enabled PCs next week.

As part of "Triple Play," Compaq also announced it signed a slew of agreements with high speed providers including Road Runner/MediaOne, BellSouth, @Home, GTE, Sprint and others.