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Rocky Mountain Broadband Approved in W. Virginia

Rocky Mountain Internet Inc. Wednesday said its Rocky Mountain Broadband subsidiary has received approval from the Public Service Commission of West Virginia to provide local exchange (CLEC) and long distance (IXC) services throughout West Virginia.

Under the certification, Rocky Mountain Broadband can operate as a provider of local exchange and long distance services offered by common carriers in West Virginia.

Rocky Mountain Broadband will begin offering West Virginia with local exchange and long distance phone services next quarter. Currently Rocky Mountain Internet provides Internet access, e-commerce solutions and voice/data and multimedia service to that area.

"Approval of Rocky Mountain Broadband as a West Virginia local exchange and long distance provider, comes on top of our recent approval in California and adds significantly to Rocky Mountain Internet's national reach and further positions the company as a national provider," said Douglas H. Hanson, chairman, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Internet.

"As a West Virginia communications provider, we will now be able to market local and long-distance services as well as Internet access via our frame-relay and ATM network RMI gained through our recent acquisition of DataXchange," Hanson said.