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Cable & Wireless Wins $70 Million Freei Deal

Cable & Wireless USA Wednesday won a $70 million wholesale Internet connectivity deal with Freei.Net.

The 12-month-old free Internet access provider tapped Cable & Wireless (CWP) for the capacity to add 10 million subscribers to its customer base.

Zie Rivers, Cable & Wireless North America president, said C&W is riding the wave of increased demand for free Internet access.

"Freei.Net is offering the next wave in Internet service to consumers; free access, which is seeing substantial demand as an alternative to traditional ISPs," Rivers said. "Our expertise and top tier network make us an ideal partner to free ISPs like Freei.net."

Bob McCausland, Freei.Net president and chief executive officer, said the partnership was important to its ability to execute Freei.Net's marketing strategy.

"The alliance allows Freei to advance several key goals, including that of redefining Internet access, and giving users dial tone on-demand, no matter where they live," McCausland said.

Freei.Net is based in Seattle, Washington and currently provides free Internet access to more than 1.5 million subscribers.

Cable & Wireless operates a global telecommunications network providing service to customers in 70 countries.



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