MediaOne Expands Digital Telephone Service to Florida

MediaOne expanded its broadband services to the sun and sand of Florida today by announcing local residential telephone service in Jacksonville and Lighthouse Point.


The company said it invested $89 million in Jacksonville and $38 million in
Southeast Florida to make its services available. Approximately 350
customers participated in a beta test of the service in Florida since June,
the firm added.


“Launching telephone service in Florida demonstrates our continuing
commitment to offering broadband services to our customers as we upgrade
our network,” said Nancy McGee, vice president of marketing telephony for
MediaOne. “We have been encouraged by customer response to telephony in both
Atlanta and Los Angeles, and are looking forward to adding telephony in at
least one other market later this year.”


MediaOne’s explained that its broadband fiber/coax network is designed to
enable the company to offer customers local telephone service, high-speed
Internet service, and broadband TV services simultaneously over a single
wire.


Today’s announcement adds to MediaOne’s local telephone broadband services,
already available in Atlanta and Los Angeles.


MediaOne is a subsidiary of MediaOne Group, a communications firm. It
claims 7 million customers worldwide, and in 1997 reported $6.6 billion in
proportionate revenue. The company recently launched a $4 million ad
campaign for its Internet access service, MediaOne Express, and also owns
part of the Road Runner high-speed online service with Time Warner, Compaq
and Microsoft, among others.


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