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MediaOne Expands Digital Telephone Service to Florida

MediaOne expanded its broadband services to the sun and sand of Florida today by announcing local residential telephone service in Jacksonville and Lighthouse Point.

The company said it invested $89 million in Jacksonville and $38 million in Southeast Florida to make its services available. Approximately 350 customers participated in a beta test of the service in Florida since June, the firm added.

"Launching telephone service in Florida demonstrates our continuing commitment to offering broadband services to our customers as we upgrade our network," said Nancy McGee, vice president of marketing telephony for MediaOne. "We have been encouraged by customer response to telephony in both Atlanta and Los Angeles, and are looking forward to adding telephony in at least one other market later this year."

MediaOne's explained that its broadband fiber/coax network is designed to enable the company to offer customers local telephone service, high-speed Internet service, and broadband TV services simultaneously over a single wire.

Today's announcement adds to MediaOne's local telephone broadband services, already available in Atlanta and Los Angeles.

MediaOne is a subsidiary of MediaOne Group, a communications firm. It claims 7 million customers worldwide, and in 1997 reported $6.6 billion in proportionate revenue. The company recently launched a $4 million ad campaign for its Internet access service, MediaOne Express, and also owns part of the Road Runner high-speed online service with Time Warner, Compaq and Microsoft, among others.

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