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CenturyTel begins DSL deployment

To meet the area's growing need for faster digital


transmission, CenturyTel customers in the North Bend-Snoqualmie Valley area


will have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of Digital Subscriber Line


(DSL) service as the company begins DSL deployment this week.


The CenturyTel DSL service will be available to residential and


business customers in the North Bend, Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Pass,


Ames Lakes, Carnation, Fall City and Preston areas where physical


facilities meet DSL specifications.


DSL is among the newest modem technologies, allowing very


high-speed, simultaneous transmission of voice and data, including video,


over telephone lines. The best application for DSL, according to


CenturyTel's District Manager, Joe Settle, is high-speed Internet access.


"As the content of Internet traffic changes to


more complex, graphic pages and larger files, it takes longer and longer


to download those files using traditional dial-up modems," Settle said.


CenturyTel customers can now receive information nearly 277


times faster than with their standard 28.8 bauds per second modem.


Interactive video applications like movies on demand and continuous video


streaming of news, weather, sports and games are enhanced, as are telecommuting,


and remote LAN and Internet access.


DSL is ideal for the quick transfer of large data files, virtually


real-time keeping in touch with friends and family, and more efficient


work-at-home, distance learning and power gaming.


"Multi-PC households are another driver in the growing demand


for broadband access," Settle said. "Twenty-five percent of U.S.


households own more than one computer, and that number is growing at a


yearly rate of 30 percent."


For more information, call the CenturyTel Customer Service


Center at (800) 550-8110.

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