Qwest Expands DSL Service

Qwest Communications International Inc. intends to construct one of the largest DSL footprints in the nation by expanding services to more than 30 major markets by the end of this year.

Fresh from their merger with US West, Qwest Wednesday announced plans to provide digital subscriber line services in to 13 U.S. markets.

Qwest DSL service is currently available in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Oakland, Orange County, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Markets slated for service later this year include Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Md.; Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Hartford, Conn.; Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, Ore.; Raleigh, N.C.; Salt Lake City, St. Louis and Tampa.

Qwest has formed strategic partnerships with broadband access providers Rhythms NetConnections Inc. and Covad Communications Group Inc.

Lewis O. Wilks, Qwest president of Internet and multimedia markets, said their DSL services will play a large role in developing broadband access for small businesses.

“DSL service brings the benefits of dedicated Internet and data solutions to the small office/home office market,” Wilks said. “Offering this service is an important step in Qwest’s strategy to provide our customers with end-to-end high-speed broadband connectivity.”

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