Qwest DSL service coming to Vermillion

Qwest DSL service coming to Vermillion Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is investing an incremental $75 million to expand the availability of Qwest DSL in its 14-state region. Qwest's commitment to expand DSL services is in direct response to strong customer demand for faster Internet service, and ensures that more customers are able to receive a complete solution that includes local, long distance, wireless and DSL service.

In South Dakota, Qwest expects to deploy DSL later this year in Pierre, Vermillion, Watertown and Yankton.

Qwest will expand its current DSL service area by more than 20 percent, to nearly 1,550 new neighborhoods across its region. As a result, customers at approximately 900,000 additional homes and businesses will become eligible to purchase Qwest DSL.

In addition to this expansion, Qwest also is making technological changes to many phone lines in its region, which is expected to make DSL services available where previously they were not. As a result, an additional 100,000 homes and businesses will have access to Qwest DSL service.

Qwest DSL enables customers to access the Internet or corporate networks at speeds ranging from approximately 256 kilobits per second to 7 megabits per second, which � at the highest DSL speed � is approximately 125 times faster than a traditional 56K dial-up connection.

As a result, customers can download movie clips and photos, play music and participate in online gaming with high-speed action. These features take a fraction of the time compared to dial-up, and customers can talk on the phone while surfing the Internet.

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