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Broadwing Launches Media Services Network; Constructing New Television Operations Center in Maryland.

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AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 14, 2004

All-Optical Network Enables "Contribution-Quality" Video for

Broadcast Television and Media Producer Markets

Broadwing Communications, a consolidated subsidiary of Corvis Corporation (Nasdaq:CORV), today announced that it has launched a Media Services Network, specifically deployed for the broadcast television and media markets. The company also announced that it plans to open a new Television Operations Center to support this initiative in Columbia, Md.

Broadwing's Media Services Network delivers a highly resilient, real-time video transport capability that enables "contribution-quality" video (video that is minimally compressed and is available in standard production format) over Broadwing's highly reliable, nationwide all-optical network. Using a variety of interfaces, the flexibility of Broadwing's Media Services Network enables high-speed file transfers, compressed video, data, audio, voice and other services. Service is now offered in five major media and video production centers, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Washington, D.C.

"Broadwing is offering a unique platform that specifically addresses the needs of the media community, including the increasing need for collecting HDTV content," said Del Bothof, vice president and general manager, media services, at Broadwing. "Our goal is to provide the best transport platform available for our customers and partners."

The company specifies the network at "100 percent Quality of Service" levels and is currently offering testing for its customers with services ranging from ASI to Ethernet. Further, bandwidth may be re-allocated for different services. The new Television Operations Center, with a specially trained staff and media network monitoring capabilities, is under construction in Columbia, Md., and is scheduled for completion this summer.

The company also announced that HTN Communications LLC, a provider of television, radio and cable transmission services to sports teams and networks, is planning to use the features of the Broadwing Media Services Network. "We are very pleased with Broadwing's approach to the broadcast television and media market. Broadwing's Media Services Network and robust feature set gives us the flexibility to expand to HDTV and other new technologies," said John Rourke, executive vice president and chief operating officer at HTN.

"While other carriers are talking about building a Media Services Network, Broadwing is committed to building one, based on our customers' needs and commitments," said Mark F. Spagnolo, chief executive officer at Broadwing. "Broadwing already supplies private line and other services to the media market, but now with our enhanced focus on the media customer, we will be able to offer them a more comprehensive suite of media services."

Broadwing has deployed Dynamic Synchronous Transfer Mode (DTM) transport equipment, manufactured by Net Insight, in its Media Services Network.

Investor Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated as a result of a number of factors, including, but not limited to, the risks and uncertainties discussed under "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Corvis, Broadwing and the Corvis and Broadwing logos are trademarks and/or service marks of Corvis Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Broadwing

Broadwing Communications is an innovative provider of data, voice, and video solutions to enterprises and carriers. Enabled by its one-of-a-kind, all-optical network and award-winning IP backbone, Broadwing offers a full suite of the highest quality communications products and services, with unparalleled customer focus and speed. Broadwing is a consolidated subsidiary of Corvis Corporation, a leading supplier of all-optical solutions to service providers and government agencies. For more information, visit
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