Doug Crompton on 23 Sep 2004 06:02:03 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] Verizon DSL

on the wire tonight...

Verizon and Covad Reach Interim Wholesale Agreement
September 21, 2004: 11:01 a.m. EST

NEW YORK (PRNewswire) - NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon
announced today that it has concluded an interim line-sharing agreement
with Covad that will remain in effect through Jan. 31, 2005, while both
companies work toward a longer-term commercial agreement.

In line-sharing arrangements, Verizon leases the high-frequency portion of
its copper loop to a data services provider, such as Covad, which may then
use the leased spectrum to provide DSL services to its end-users. Under an
order issued by the Federal Communications Commission last fall, Verizon
had planned to stop accepting new orders for line-sharing after Oct. 2,
2004. Under the interim agreement, Verizon will continue accepting orders
for new line-sharing arrangements from Covad on an interim basis at a
negotiated rate while the parties work toward a longer-term agreement.

Verizon continues to work with competing local exchange carriers to
establish commercial agreements providing certainty and stability in place
of continuing regulatory uncertainty.

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