RCN Connects Boston Area to High-Speed Network

In a move to expand its services, RCN Corp. announced Tuesday it will build a
local fiber optic network capable of providing Boston area residents with
high-speed Internet access, local phone, long distance and cable television.


The network will be situated in Quincy, Mass, a Boston suburb. RCN said it
chose Quincy because of the community’s high density population. With
approximately 160 homes per mile of network, Quincy has a density five
times higher than the national average, the company said.


“Quincy is an excellent market for RCN, because of its very high density
and its current lack of a high-speed Internet provider,” said David C.
McCourt, RCN chairman and chief executive officer.


“RCN expects to sign local agreements with cities and towns at a much
faster pace in 1999, now that we have clearly demonstrated the demand for
our communications services, particularly high-speed Internet and our
ability to meet that demand,” he said.


RCN last week announced the consolidation of its four Internet service
providers under the RCN brand, which now has a network stretching from
Washington D.C. to Boston. Its subscriber base is approximately 500,000.


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