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US Signal Introduces Quality of Service Enhancement to Prioritize

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld_on_request)
Tue, 10 May 2005 22:39:33 -0400

US Signal Introduces Quality of Service Enhancement to Prioritize VoIP, Other IP Traffic Across its Network

Enhanced SLA, Four Data Priority Levels Delivered By Latest Cisco Technology

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- US Signal today announced
the introduction of a new Quality of Service (QoS) product enhancement
that gives its IP/Internet managed service customers the ability to
prioritize VoIP, video and other critical data applications across the
entire US Signal IP network.

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based US Signal said QoS is available to its
Internet customers who utilize US Signal to manage connectivity. For
customers selecting the QoS product option, US Signal will install and
manage a Cisco state-of-the-art Integrated Services Router at a
customer's location to classify and route data traffic as required by
the customer's applications.

The US Signal QoS enhancement was developed in response to assisting
customer deployment of VoIP solutions and the resulting need to
prioritize VoIP data packets. The Company noted that customers are
increasingly moving to optimize their internal networks to give
priority to VoIP data up to the edge of their Internet connection.
Available May 1, the QoS enhancement extends that optimization across
US Signal's core network. The QoS offering also comes with an
enhanced Service Level Agreement (SLA) that sets high-level
performance standards, including "five 9s" of network reliability, as
well as stringent metrics for latency, packet loss and jitter.

The US Signal network, the largest in the Midwest, includes a total of
nearly 3,000 route miles of long-haul fiber connecting first-, second-
and third-tier markets in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.
It also includes more than 500 miles of fiber optic metro rings around
14 high-growth cities and 75 on-off ramps, comprised of major carrier
hotel locations and incumbent telephone company central offices. "We
are pleased to be able to bring this advanced QoS enhancement to our
growing list of IP customers utilizing or considering VoIP, as well as
those looking to leverage additional data stream-critical tools such
as video streaming and video conferencing," said US Signal's vice
president of sales and marketing, Stephen Oyer. "Our utilization of
Cisco's 1841 router allows us to offer four distinct classes of data
performance to customers, giving them value-based QoS options today
that can also scale with the customer as they grow. US Signal's QoS
is also backed by one of the strongest SLA's in the industry,
demonstrating our confidence in our performance."

About US Signal

US Signal ( ) is a full-service fiber optic
solutions provider, offering a wide range of telecommunications
solutions to wholesale customers and channel partners. The Company
has built and developed one of the most comprehensive fiber optic
networks in the Midwest. As a full- service solutions provider, US
Signal offers unlimited high-speed capacity, dark fiber and
collocation services, and also works with customers to design and
build new network construction projects.

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