BellSouth Logs Record DSL Growth

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BellSouth Corp. added 156,000 digital-subscriber-line customers in the first quarter, easily surpassing its previous record of 126,000 in the fourth quarter of 2003.

The DSL growth helped what was a more sobering earnings picture. First-quarter revenue of $5 billion was down 1% from a year ago, but cost-cutting helped to produce net income of $1.6 billion compared with $1.23 billion in the year-earlier period.

Total access lines dropped 3.6% year-over-year.