Widens Service Area

BellSouth Inc. (BLS)
Tuesday announced plans to expand its
Internet service footprint to reach an additional 1 million homes in nine
Southeast states.

When the expansion plan is complete, service would be
available in 17 new markets, providing Internet access to a total of 64
Southeastern markets.

Ray Smets, president, said the extension of Internet services
to smaller markets would be a big part of local e-commerce growth in the

“The expansion of Internet service deeper into smaller
markets in the Southeastern US demonstrates our commitment to our region’s
exploding needs for Internet and data services,” Smets said.

“We believe that a strong Internet service in smaller cities around our
region will benefit the local economy by providing our customers improved
means of communicating, learning, entertainment, and doing business on the
Internet,” Smets added. service will be available in large and small cities throughout BellSouth’s coverage area. currently provides Internet access to more than 650,000
subscribers throughout nine Southeast United States.

BellSouth is a $25 billion communications services company providing
telecommunication and Internet services to more than 36 million customers
in 19 countries worldwide.

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