Progress Telecom introduces wireless T1 wholesale local loop service

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 14, 2005 (PRNewswire) — Following the acquisition of Pure Connection, Progress Telecom announced the launch of a new T1 wireless local loop service in Orlando, Florida. This innovative, yet affordable service provides customers with a reliable end-to-end solution that gives them the capability to reach their target destinations. Using both traditional T1 services as well as scalable 3Mbps to 10Mbps links, Progress Telecom is providing customers with a flat rate offering that gives them point-to-point and point-to-multipoint wireless connections.

“Our customers now have the ability to reach the last mile using a technically advanced yet economical alternative,” said Ron Mudry, President and CEO of Progress Telecom. “We wanted to provide our customers with a complete solution while saving them money. With the acquisition of Pure Connection, a fixed wireless operator, it gives our customers the advantage of using a combined fiber-based and wireless Ethernet solution that allows them to reach the edge.”

Another economical advantage of this new service is its scalability. Customers can purchase their current bandwidth requirements and plan for future expansion without incurring the exorbitant costs of switching between technologies. The wireless T1 service provides customers with the advantage of combined technologies that create a scalable and flexible solution for their existing and future business needs.

Progress Telecom will continue to build upon Pure Connection’s expertise to use the optimized Ethernet and wireless product to provide customers with an economical end-to-end solution that will expand into other metro areas.

About Progress Telecom, LLC [ www.progresstelecom.com ]

Progress Telecom is one of the largest leading regional providers of broadband services in the eastern United States. Its fiber network offers fast local loop, metro ring access with DWDM technology on a 10 gigabit, OC-192 backbone. The long-haul, metro fiber transport from New York to Miami allows customers access to international gateways in first, second, and third-tier markets.

The Company provides strategic POP locations, including a major international cable landing presence in south Florida. Broadband services offered include private line, wavelength, Ethernet, and Internet protocol (IP), as well as other customized services and solutions. Progress Telecom, LLC is jointly owned by Progress Energy, a Fortune 250 diversified energy company headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and Odyssey Telecorp, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based telecommunications investment firm.

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