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Covad Extends DSL Services In New England

Covad Communications Group extended its digital subscriber line footprint in New England Wednesday.

As a result of the Federal Communications Commission line sharing order in November 1999, Covad secured a co-location agreement with Bell Atlantic Corp. in May. At the time of the line sharing deal, Covad promised to have its DSL services deployed in July.

Bell Atlantic merged with GTE Corp. late in June to transfer its collective companies into Verizon Communications.

Covad also signed similar line sharing agreements with U S West, which is currently owned by Qwest Communications as the result of yet another major telecom merger.

With today's announcement, Covad now provides high-speed Internet services to select cities in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Keith Markley, Covad eastern region president and general manager, said the deployment was a significant step in its national campaign to unleash broadband access to the Internet.

"Covad's presence in the Bell Atlantic area marks another stop forward in the national reach of our broadband network," Markley said.

"Our expansion into the new cities exemplifies Covad's commitment to unparalleled quality and accessibility in providing national broadband Internet access," Markley added. "We anticipate the availability of our services will help people tap the large potential of the Internet and be a catalyst for conversion of dial-up users to the broadband network."

Covad currently reaches more than 300,000 businesses and three million residential customers in the New England area.