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DirecTV and Worldcom in Broadband Deal

22 Mar, 2002 By: Hive News

DirecTV Broadband,Inc. will expand its DSL service across the Western and Midwestern U.S. via access to WorldCom's nationwide DSL services.

"Our alliance with WorldCom greatly extends DirecTV Broadband's reach, giving us one of the most comprehensive footprints in the DSL industry," said Ned Hayes, president and CEO of DirecTV Broadband. "I'm also pleased that, through this alliance with WorldCom, we will again have the ability to choose last-mile connectivity in many communities from a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier like WorldCom or the incumbent telephone company, based upon the competitive benefits of price, architecture and performance. Competition and choice are healthy for the broadband industry, and incredibly beneficial for consumers."

WorldCom offers DSL services nationwide in more than 55 major metropolitan markets.

"WorldCom's DSL solution is enabling DirecTV Broadband to deliver a cost effective and reliable access solution for its residential customers," said Brian Brewer, chief marketing officer for WorldCom. "By leveraging WorldCom's facilities-based DSL footprint, we've been able to build on our existing relationship with DirecTV and deliver a comprehensive solution that meets its evolving business needs."

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