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High-Speed Connectivity Offered to Weary Travelers

In a move designed to boost the productivity of business travelers, Hilton Hotels Corp. Wednesday announced it will install CAIS Internet's OverVoice high-speed Internet voice/data technology in its hotels.

OverVoice is designed to allow users to connect to the Internet and talk on the phone simultaneously. It expands the existing copper telephone wire to accommodate up to 10 megabits-per-second Internet access. No rewiring or system re-engineering is needed, the company said, and users can connect using a standard ethernet-equipped laptop computer.

Under terms of its agreement with CAIS, Hilton will initially offer the service to hotels throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Installation will begin with larger city-center convention Hilton hotels, followed by smaller hotels. The hotel chain also has named CAIS technology as its preferred Internet solutions provider.

Robert E. Dirks, senior vice president-marketing for Hilton Hotels, said the company is working hard to accommodate today's business traveler.

"Connectivity to the Internet is critical to functioning in the business world today," he said. "By teaming up with a top-tier company like CAIS Internet to deliver OverVoice high-speed Internet access to our guests, Hilton demonstrates its leadership in the electronic commerce arena within the hospitality industry. This important service epitomizes our dedication to providing our guests with tools to help them be more efficient while traveling."

Guests wishing to use the OverVoice will be charged an additional fee, less than $10 per day. The service will be provided in meeting rooms as well as individual rooms, the companies said.

"This agreement between CAIS Internet and Hilton Hotels sets the standard for the hospitality industry in the delivery of high-speed Internet to hotel guests and meeting rooms," said Evans Anderson, CAIS Internet's senior vice president of sales and marketing and general manager.