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@Home Announces Canada Expansion

@Home Network Thursday announced a deal with Videon CableSystems Inc., Canada's fifth-largest cable operator, to provide its high-speed Internet service to that company's customers.

@Home said the deal would give it access to several key Canadian markets, including Edmonton and Winnpeg. The service will be marketed as Videon@Home. Deployment is scheduled to begin later this year.

"Videon@Home will bring speed, convenience and exciting local national content to our cable customers," said Vaughn Tozer, Videon's president of Canadian cable operations.

Videon will join the @Home Canada consortium, created in 1997 by @Home, Rogers CableSystems and Shaw Communications. @Home Canada will develop new content for the service and will be able to take advantage of content partnerships that have been signed with several of Canada's multimedia providers.

Videon is currently rebuilding its cable systems to support @Home's national broadband backbone. Videon customers now served by Videon's WAVE service in Manitoba and its Power Surfer service offered in Alberta will be converted to @Home by the end of the third quarter.