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Covad Brings DSL to Lone Star State

Internet provider Covad Communications Monday began offering digital subscriber line service to several Texas cities including Austin, Houston, Dallas and Ft. Worth.

The company is working with the Public Utility Commission of Texas to provide a high-speed alternative to dial-up connections for users in Texas' largest cities and surrounding towns. Covad service will be offered through a group of third-party local ISPs, said Tom Wagner, president and general manager of Covad's Southern Region.

"The PUC is creating a welcoming environment to broadband telecommunications competition in Texas," said Wagner. "In coming here, we've invested heavily to build telecom infrastructure that will bring new and exciting telecommunications products and services at affordable prices to Texans."

Covad's TeleSpeed business network service is set to cover 85 percent of businesses in the selected metropolitan areas, and its TeleSurfer home service is expected to reach approximately 80 percent of residential users.

Covad's expansion into Texas adds to its network of 47 metropolitan areas nationwide. Its service is already available in cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Sacramento, New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Diego, Atlanta and Detroit.