INTEGRA TELECOM APPROVED TO OFFER DIGITAL TELEVISION SERVICES IN PRIOR LAKE, MINN.
Local Telecommunications Provider to Expand Services to Include Video
Portland, Ore. – July 1, 2009 – Integra Telecom Inc., a facilities-based, integrated communications provider, received approval from the Prior Lake City Council on Monday, June 15, for the issuance of a cable communications franchise agreement. This agreement will allow the company to offer digital television services to its customers in the Prior Lake, Minn., area. Integra’s digital television offerings will be delivered on its own, best-in-class, established network and will augment its current portfolio of voice and Internet services.
“We’re excited to expand our services to include digital television,” said Dave Kunde, senior vice president and general manager of Integra Telecom’s ILEC operations.
“We’ve been evaluating opportunities to provide video services to our residential and business customers for several years and believe that the market is ripe for this release.”
“The city council agrees that the citizens of Prior Lake deserve to enjoy the benefits that increased competition for video service provides,” stated Frank Boyles, Prior Lake City Manager. “Integra Telecom has been an excellent community member for many years. We are confident that the decision to grant them a cable TV franchise will bode well for our citizens.”
Integra’s digital television services are initially expected to be available in select areas of Prior Lake in late 2009. Future digital television offerings will be limited to its incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) business, which serves primarily residential customers in select areas of Scott and Rice counties located in suburban Minneapolis. Integra’s ILEC operations are separate from Integra’s competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) business, which offers reliable voice and Internet telecommunications to businesses in Integra’s 11-state service area.
About Integra Telecom
Integra Telecom Inc. provides voice, data and Internet communications to thousands of business and carrier customers in 11 Western states, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The company owns and operates a best-in-class fiber-optic network comprising metropolitan access networks, a nationally acclaimed tier one Internet and data network, and a 4,700-mile high-speed long haul network. The company has earned some of the highest customer loyalty and customer satisfaction ratings in the telecommunications industry. Primary equity investors in the company include Warburg Pincus, Banc of America Capital Investors and Boston Ventures. Integra Telecom, Electric Lightwave, Eschelon Telecom, Unicom and OneEighty Communications are registered trademarks of Integra Telecom Inc. For more information, visit www.integratelecom.com.
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