BellSouth Expands DSL Footprint


BellSouth Corp. said it will begin marketing digital-subscriber-line service
to 'qualified' consumer and commercial customers in the Swainsboro, Ga., area
next month.

The telco said the move was part of a pact between the company and Georgia
Gov. Roy Barnes to hasten the rollout of broadband services throughout the
state, including 40 cities outside of the Atlanta metro area.

In addition to Atlanta and Swainsboro, BellSouth's Georgia high-speed
footprint also touches the Albany, Augusta and Macon calling areas.

BellSouth's 'FastAccess' DSL service is being marketed to consumers for $40
per month and for $55 per month to businesses for unlimited usage if they also
subscribe to the company's calling plans. Without the plan, BellSouth offers it
for $49.95 and $59.95 per month, respectively.

BellSouth is also pushing DSL by offering a free modem and discounted
installation fees if customers order the service before April 1 and commit to it
for 12 months.