Broadband Provider TOUCHAMERICA Expands in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson and Albuquerque for Customers Needing High-Speed, Secure Information Transport Services

Expanded Fiber-Optic Network Ensures the Most Technologically Advanced

High-Speed Services Will Meet Customers' Needs, Now and in the Future



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from TOUCHAMERICA

    BUTTE, Mont., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- TOUCHAMERICA, the long-haul
 broadband information transport subsidiary of The Montana Power Company
 (NYSE:   MTP), announced today it has a total of six new or expanded offices in
 Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico offering customers the most
 cost-effective, high-speed, secure services for transmitting data, voice and
 video.
     TOUCHAMERICA's new offices are located in Glendale, Costa Mesa and San
 Diego, California, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Expanded offices are in
 Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.
     "Our national fiber-optic network is one of the largest and most
 technologically advanced in the country," said Brock Robertson, director,
 Southwest Regional Sales for TOUCHAMERICA.  "Combining our advanced
 information transport network with our commitment to excellence in customer
 service and with the growth we are experiencing in these six areas, the need
 for additional offices becomes apparent.   The Southern California, Arizona,
 and New Mexico markets are key locations for TOUCHAMERICA and we look forward
 to providing customers with the most advanced, cost-effective and reliable
 information transport options available."
     TOUCHAMERICA's new-generation high-speed, broadband fiber-optic network
 will reach 26,000 route miles this year.  The telecommunications company
 offers high-speed access to the Internet, a full line of long-distance
 services, and dedicated voice, data, video, and network services, such as
 frame relay, ATM, and private line solutions.
     With the divestiture of Montana Power's energy companies targeted for
 mid-year, TOUCHAMERICA will become a stand-alone telecommunications company,
 trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TAA.
     "Our customer-centric business model provides sales, engineering project
 management, and customer service, all within a branch environment to best meet
 our data customers increasingly sophisticated needs," said Robertson.
 TOUCHAMERICA, with its low-cost network and superior services, is a good fit
 for Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico.  All are dynamic places with
 tremendous leadership committed to quality growth.  We are excited to be able
 to continue to grow our business and provide data transport services to
 customers in these states."
 
     The power behind TOUCHAMERICA
     TOUCHAMERICA offers a broad base of telecommunications services from
 traditional voice services to state-of-the-art data transmission, including:
 
     -- Dial-up and Dedicated Internet Access
     -- Long Distance
     -- Private Line
     -- Frame Relay
     -- Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)
     -- Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS)
     -- Personal Communication Services (PCS)
     -- Customer Premises Equipment (CPE)
     -- Broadband Capacity and Wavelengths
     -- Integrated Solutions
 
     ABOUT TOUCHAMERICA
     TOUCHAMERICA is a national broadband fiber-optic and regional wireless
 telecommunications company, providing customized voice, data, and video
 transport, as well as Internet services, to wholesale and businesses
 customers.  TOUCHAMERICA's fiber-optic network will be 26,000 miles by
 yearend, making it one of the largest and highest capacity long haul networks
 in the U.S.  The company provides the latest in IP, ATM and Frame Relay
 protocols and private line services to transport data with speed, privacy, and
 convenience.  TOUCHAMERICA will transition from a wholly owned
 telecommunications subsidiary of the Montana Power Company (NYSE:   MTP) to a
 stand-alone telecom corporation this year.  TOUCHAMERICA's focus and growth
 strategies are broadband fiber-optic and wireless spectrum services backed by
 24 x 7 customer support.  More information can be found at www.tamerica.com
 
 

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    BUTTE, Mont., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- TOUCHAMERICA, the long-haul
 broadband information transport subsidiary of The Montana Power Company
 (NYSE:   MTP), announced today it has a total of six new or expanded offices in
 Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico offering customers the most
 cost-effective, high-speed, secure services for transmitting data, voice and
 video.
     TOUCHAMERICA's new offices are located in Glendale, Costa Mesa and San
 Diego, California, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Expanded offices are in
 Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.
     "Our national fiber-optic network is one of the largest and most
 technologically advanced in the country," said Brock Robertson, director,
 Southwest Regional Sales for TOUCHAMERICA.  "Combining our advanced
 information transport network with our commitment to excellence in customer
 service and with the growth we are experiencing in these six areas, the need
 for additional offices becomes apparent.   The Southern California, Arizona,
 and New Mexico markets are key locations for TOUCHAMERICA and we look forward
 to providing customers with the most advanced, cost-effective and reliable
 information transport options available."
     TOUCHAMERICA's new-generation high-speed, broadband fiber-optic network
 will reach 26,000 route miles this year.  The telecommunications company
 offers high-speed access to the Internet, a full line of long-distance
 services, and dedicated voice, data, video, and network services, such as
 frame relay, ATM, and private line solutions.
     With the divestiture of Montana Power's energy companies targeted for
 mid-year, TOUCHAMERICA will become a stand-alone telecommunications company,
 trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TAA.
     "Our customer-centric business model provides sales, engineering project
 management, and customer service, all within a branch environment to best meet
 our data customers increasingly sophisticated needs," said Robertson.
 TOUCHAMERICA, with its low-cost network and superior services, is a good fit
 for Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico.  All are dynamic places with
 tremendous leadership committed to quality growth.  We are excited to be able
 to continue to grow our business and provide data transport services to
 customers in these states."
 
     The power behind TOUCHAMERICA
     TOUCHAMERICA offers a broad base of telecommunications services from
 traditional voice services to state-of-the-art data transmission, including:
 
     -- Dial-up and Dedicated Internet Access
     -- Long Distance
     -- Private Line
     -- Frame Relay
     -- Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)
     -- Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS)
     -- Personal Communication Services (PCS)
     -- Customer Premises Equipment (CPE)
     -- Broadband Capacity and Wavelengths
     -- Integrated Solutions
 
     ABOUT TOUCHAMERICA
     TOUCHAMERICA is a national broadband fiber-optic and regional wireless
 telecommunications company, providing customized voice, data, and video
 transport, as well as Internet services, to wholesale and businesses
 customers.  TOUCHAMERICA's fiber-optic network will be 26,000 miles by
 yearend, making it one of the largest and highest capacity long haul networks
 in the U.S.  The company provides the latest in IP, ATM and Frame Relay
 protocols and private line services to transport data with speed, privacy, and
 convenience.  TOUCHAMERICA will transition from a wholly owned
 telecommunications subsidiary of the Montana Power Company (NYSE:   MTP) to a
 stand-alone telecom corporation this year.  TOUCHAMERICA's focus and growth
 strategies are broadband fiber-optic and wireless spectrum services backed by
 24 x 7 customer support.  More information can be found at www.tamerica.com
 
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