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Mediacom Sprints to Telephony Deal

8/25/2004 3:12 AM Eastern

Mediacom Communications Corp. will be able to provide telephony services throughout its markets after reaching a deal with Sprint.

The MSO will combine its digital network and wire to the home with Sprint’s telecommunications infrastructure and expertise to add voice-over-Internet-protocol to its offerings. Mediacom expects to launch VoIP in selected markets in the first half of 2005.

“This strategic alliance with Sprint will permit our company to offer our customers a powerful bundle of broadband products in one package, on one bill, from one provider and at a lower cost,” Mediacom chairman and CEO Rocco B. Commisso said in a prepared statement.

“Consumers switching to the Mediacom telephone service will be able to keep their existing phone numbers and directory listings, utilize the telephone equipment and wiring already in their homes and receive more advanced features than traditional telephone service,” he added. “With this agreement in place, we also have the opportunity to explore offering Sprint wireless-phone service to our customers.”

Mediacom passes 2.7 million homes in 23 states.

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