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RCN Connects Boston Area to High-Speed Network

In a move to expand its services, RCN Corp. announced Tuesday it will build a local fiber optic network capable of providing Boston area residents with high-speed Internet access, local phone, long distance and cable television.

The network will be situated in Quincy, Mass, a Boston suburb. RCN said it chose Quincy because of the community's high density population. With approximately 160 homes per mile of network, Quincy has a density five times higher than the national average, the company said.

"Quincy is an excellent market for RCN, because of its very high density and its current lack of a high-speed Internet provider," said David C. McCourt, RCN chairman and chief executive officer.

"RCN expects to sign local agreements with cities and towns at a much faster pace in 1999, now that we have clearly demonstrated the demand for our communications services, particularly high-speed Internet and our ability to meet that demand," he said.

RCN last week announced the consolidation of its four Internet service providers under the RCN brand, which now has a network stretching from Washington D.C. to Boston. Its subscriber base is approximately 500,000.