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Hotel Chains Connect With CAIS

As more business travelers rely on the Internet to keep them connected to the office, infrastructure firm CAIS Internet Friday entered into an agreement with hotel chain John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. to offer its guests broadband Internet access.

CAIS's OverVoice high-speed Internet connections will be installed in select rooms in Hammons' Embassy Suites, Radisson, Crowne Plaza and Sheraton hotel chains by the fall, the companies said.

OverVoice is designed to allow users to connect to the Internet and talk on the phone simultaneously. It expands the existing copper telephone wire to accommodate Internet access at speeds of up to 10 megabits-per-second. No rewiring or system re-engineering is needed, the company said, and users can connect using a standard ethernet-equipped laptop computer.

"CAIS Internet's total solution of broadband access and patented OverVoice services makes it sensible and cost-effective to deliver the Internet from one-point to multi-points, and fits with John Q. Hammons Hotels' reputation for delivering innovative and turnkey amenities," said Ulysses G. Auger II, CAIS Internet CEO.

"CAIS Internet solves many properties' cost and technical problems to increase property value and make buildings high speed Internet-ready."

In January, CAIS signed a similar agreement with Hilton Hotels Corp. The infrastructure firm also began trading publicly on Thursday.