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CAIS Internet Launches DSL Services

CAIS Internet, a unit of CGX Communications Co., Monday began a national rollout of high speed Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Internet service for residents and businesses in the metro-Washington, D.C. area.

The company said after the launch in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland, it plans to unveil the high-speed DSL service, dubbed HyperDSL, in Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area and San Francisco in the first quarter of 1999.

DSL uses on existing telephone lines to provide a high-speed, dedicated Internet connection.

Single users can obtain HyperLink service in three levels, at speeds from 640 kilobits per second to 7.1 megabits per second, with pricing starting at $57.95 per month.

In addition, the company will offer a separate service for Local Area Network customers, called HyperLAN ADSL. This option provides access for up to 10 LAN users and is available for $179.95. CAIS said it also plans to add additional levels of the HyperDSL services within the next month, at speeds ranging from 144 Kbps up to 1.1 Mbps in each direction.

"Today's announcement is a critical step in our national expansion as the specialist in the provision of high-speed Internet access in both shared- tenant and single residence and office environments," said Ulysses G. Auger II, chairman and president of CGX Communications and CAIS Internet.