US LEC Receives Additional GSA Contracts

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from US LEC Corp.

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- US LEC Corp. (Nasdaq: CLEC), a
 provider of integrated voice, data and Internet telecommunications services,
 has been selected by the United States General Service Administration (GSA) to
 provide local telecommunications services to additional locations in Atlanta
 and for the first time in Jacksonville.
     The two-year contracts allow US LEC to provide local service for the Army
 Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville, the Department of Justice in Atlanta, and
 the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta.  Each contract includes
 extension options for three one-year additions, for a potential total of five
 years of service.  The GSA awarded US LEC similar contracts in Memphis in
 November of 2000 and in Atlanta in August of 1999.
     "The GSA has experienced success with US LEC's products and service in the
 recent past, and that was a major factor in our decision to again choose US
 LEC," stated Richard Drab, southeast regional director for the GSA.  "US LEC
 delivers a smooth transition of services with a welcome level of preparation
 and professionalism, elements we require from our service providers."
     "US LEC continues to offer alternatives for telecommunications services to
 the GSA, and the GSA continues to choose US LEC," said Craig Chason, US LEC
 vice president of sales - Atlanta.  "We certainly appreciate the GSA's
 repeated trust in US LEC as its carrier.  US LEC earns the trust and
 confidence of clients like the GSA through superior engineering, technical
 client support and an unsurpassed commitment to customer care."
     US LEC currently offers local, long distance, data, Internet and enhanced
 services to customers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,
 Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
 Tennessee, Virginia and Washington D.C.  In addition, US LEC is currently
 certified to provide telecommunications services in Connecticut, Delaware,
 Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Texas.  US LEC's
 network is currently comprised of 23 Lucent 5ESS(R) AnyMedia(TM) digital
 switches, 17 Lucent CBX500 ATM switches, and an Alcatel MegaHub(R) 600ES
 switch in Charlotte.  The Company primarily serves telecommunications-
 intensive customers such as businesses, universities, financial institutions,
 professional service firms, hospitals, Internet service providers, hotels, and
 government agencies.  US LEC can be found on the World Wide Web at
 www.uslec.com.
 
     Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release
 contains forward-looking statements, subject to uncertainties and risks,
 including the demand for US LEC's services, the ability of the Company to
 introduce additional products, the ability of the Company to successfully
 attract and retain personnel, competition, uncertainties regarding its
 dealings with ILECs, and other telecommunications carriers and facilities
 providers, and regulatory uncertainties, and the possibility of an adverse
 decision related to or uncollectability of reciprocal compensation owing to
 the Company by BellSouth, as well as the Company's ability to begin operations
 in additional markets.  These and other applicable risks are summarized in the
 "Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors" section and elsewhere in the
 Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2000,
 and in other reports which are on file with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.
 
 

SOURCE US LEC Corp.
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- US LEC Corp. (Nasdaq: CLEC), a
 provider of integrated voice, data and Internet telecommunications services,
 has been selected by the United States General Service Administration (GSA) to
 provide local telecommunications services to additional locations in Atlanta
 and for the first time in Jacksonville.
     The two-year contracts allow US LEC to provide local service for the Army
 Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville, the Department of Justice in Atlanta, and
 the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta.  Each contract includes
 extension options for three one-year additions, for a potential total of five
 years of service.  The GSA awarded US LEC similar contracts in Memphis in
 November of 2000 and in Atlanta in August of 1999.
     "The GSA has experienced success with US LEC's products and service in the
 recent past, and that was a major factor in our decision to again choose US
 LEC," stated Richard Drab, southeast regional director for the GSA.  "US LEC
 delivers a smooth transition of services with a welcome level of preparation
 and professionalism, elements we require from our service providers."
     "US LEC continues to offer alternatives for telecommunications services to
 the GSA, and the GSA continues to choose US LEC," said Craig Chason, US LEC
 vice president of sales - Atlanta.  "We certainly appreciate the GSA's
 repeated trust in US LEC as its carrier.  US LEC earns the trust and
 confidence of clients like the GSA through superior engineering, technical
 client support and an unsurpassed commitment to customer care."
     US LEC currently offers local, long distance, data, Internet and enhanced
 services to customers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,
 Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
 Tennessee, Virginia and Washington D.C.  In addition, US LEC is currently
 certified to provide telecommunications services in Connecticut, Delaware,
 Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Texas.  US LEC's
 network is currently comprised of 23 Lucent 5ESS(R) AnyMedia(TM) digital
 switches, 17 Lucent CBX500 ATM switches, and an Alcatel MegaHub(R) 600ES
 switch in Charlotte.  The Company primarily serves telecommunications-
 intensive customers such as businesses, universities, financial institutions,
 professional service firms, hospitals, Internet service providers, hotels, and
 government agencies.  US LEC can be found on the World Wide Web at
 www.uslec.com.
 
     Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release
 contains forward-looking statements, subject to uncertainties and risks,
 including the demand for US LEC's services, the ability of the Company to
 introduce additional products, the ability of the Company to successfully
 attract and retain personnel, competition, uncertainties regarding its
 dealings with ILECs, and other telecommunications carriers and facilities
 providers, and regulatory uncertainties, and the possibility of an adverse
 decision related to or uncollectability of reciprocal compensation owing to
 the Company by BellSouth, as well as the Company's ability to begin operations
 in additional markets.  These and other applicable risks are summarized in the
 "Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors" section and elsewhere in the
 Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2000,
 and in other reports which are on file with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.
 
 SOURCE  US LEC Corp.