Sprint Offers DSL to Internet Service Providers; With Sprint DSL, ISPs Can Attract More Customers by Offering High-Speed Access

May 22, 2000, 01:00 ET from Sprint

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Through Sprint DSL service,
 Internet service providers (ISPs) now can offer their customers the benefits
 of high-speed Internet and local area network (LAN) access, broadband
 capabilities, and an "instant-on" connection, along with simultaneous voice
 and data transmission. Currently available in Las Vegas, Charlottesville, Va.,
 and Orlando, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and Naples, Fla., ISPs will soon be able
 to also offer Sprint DSL in additional areas as Sprint continues its
 aggressive deployment of DSL infrastructure to selected markets within its
 local service territories.
     "This is an additional business solution that can help ISPs better meet
 customer demands at rates that are competitive and flexible," said Greg
 Crosby, assistant vice president, Integration Management, Sprint. "With Sprint
 DSL, ISPs can provide their customers with simultaneous voice and data
 transmission and high-speed Internet access -- all through a single phone line
 provided by Sprint. This capability can set them apart from other providers
 and help compete against alternative technologies such as cable modems."
     With Sprint DSL, ISPs not only can offer their customers the ability to be
 online while talking on the telephone, but also flexibility and power, with
 access speed combinations up to 1.5 Mbps, and the security of private network
     Once the user is connected, the ISP maintains primary contact with the
 customer, controlling instant-on access, invoicing for DSL service, and acting
 as an interface for troubleshooting.
     Pricing, Service and Technical Requirements
     Sprint offers several flexible pricing and service options for ISPs, which
 vary according to term, volume and speed, allowing providers to choose a
 volume discount program that best fits their business needs.
     Once an ISP decides to subscribe to this service, Sprint works closely
 with the provider to ensure a smooth transition to Sprint DSL. Technical
 requirements for ISPs include an asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) connection
 to the Sprint data network to accommodate the variable bandwidth from users,
 and DSL modems at both the local central exchange office and the user's site.
 In addition, to be eligible for DSL service, users must be within 18,000
 cable-feet of their Sprint DSL-equipped local exchange office. For more
 information about Sprint DSL for ISPs, go online at
     About Sprint
     Sprint is a global communications company -- at the forefront of
 integrating long-distance, local and wireless communications services, and a
 large carrier of Internet traffic.  Sprint built and operates the United
 States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network and is a leader in
 advanced data communications services.  Sprint has $20 billion in annual
 revenues and serves more than 20 million business and residential customers.