U S WEST'S MEGABIT SERVICE INCREASES SPEED OF ONLINE ACCESS.
For about the same cost as a second telephone line - $19.95/month, a savings of 33 percent over MegaBit Services already best-in-industry $29.95 DSL price - MegaBit Select strengthens the U S WEST DSL portfolio and gives customers an even more affordable option for recreational Internet users.
MegaBit Select uses unique "modem-pooling" technology to let users access a pool of modem ports to get online, and provides users access at 256 kbps of DSL-powered Internet speed. It can be combined with unlimited U S WEST.net Internet access for an additional $17.95/month - creating a $37.90/month package. MegaBit Select is also compatible with any of the more than 200 ISPs that support U S WEST MegaBit Services.
MegaBit Select customers will enjoy most of the standard benefits of DSL access as follows:
- High-speed Internet connections and the ability to make and receive phone calls while online, providing an exceptional value for casual Internet users who aren't online all the time.
- MegaBit Select subscribers get full-access speeds of 256 kbps every time they go online - almost 10 times faster than traditional 28.8 kbps modems - all over their existing copper phone line.
- Like all MegaBit Services, subscribers simply launch their browser software to get online.
"MegaBit Select will really accelerate high-speed Internet access to the mass market," Sol Trujillo, chairman, president and CEO of U S WEST. "It will bring the exciting benefits of broadband access to an entirely new group of recreational Internet customers. It's another way U S WEST is bringing the power and productivity of Webtone - the high-speed data equivalent of dialtone - to as many customers as possible today."
MegaBit Select broadens U S WEST's DSL portfolio. The company's other DSL offerings, including MegaHome and MegaOffice, are geared toward Internet users or teleworkers who need a dedicated, always-on connection to the Internet or to their corporate network, as well as casual Web surfers who want instant online access all the time. MegaHome and MegaOffice offer guaranteed dedicated access with no limitations on how long customers spend online and no limitations on what applications customers use - unlike most cable modem services.
"U S WEST continues to be the pacesetter for DSL services. We are giving our customers a variety of options to suit their specific networking needs and bring DSL to the mass market," said Mike Rouleau, vice president of marketing for U S WEST !NTERPRISE Networking. "Not everyone needs a dedicated connection to the Internet, and we are the first to provide the power of lightning-fast access to people who are more casual Internet users - and at a price unmatched in the industry. And for those who need an always-on connection, we offer our traditional MegaBit Services, which is the most broadly available and aggressively priced DSL service in the nation."
MegaBit Select is being introduced in Portland, Ore. and Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.. The new service requires the same line-qualification process as MegaBit Services, and will be generally available in the same neighborhoods where MegaBit is available. The launch of MegaBit Select follows a successful technical trial in Seattle this spring. U S WEST plans to continue expanding the availability of MegaBit Select to other cities where MegaBit Services is available over the remainder of this year and next.
MegaBit Services are available in more than 40 cities across U S WEST's region. The company has wired almost 250 wires centers serving more than 5.5 million customer households with Cisco equipment to support the service. At the end of 1998, Dataquest calculated that there were about 50,000 DSL customers in the nation, giving U S WEST nearly 50 percent of all domestic DSL customers.
About U S WEST
U S WEST (NYSE: USW) provides a full range of telecommunications services - including wireline, wireless PCS, data networking, directory and information services - to more than 25 million customers nationally and in 14 western and Midwestern states.
U S WEST !NTERPRISE Networking is the data networking arm of U S WEST, and can be found on the Internet at http://www.uswest.com/interprise.
For more information call 303/896-5528.
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|Date:||Aug 1, 1999|
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