DirecTV Broadband Signs Qwest DSL


DirecTV Broadband Inc., the digital-subscriber-line service Hughes
Electronics Corp. purchased earlier this year from Telocity Inc., said Thursday
that it will buy wholesale DSL connectivity from Qwest Communications
International Inc.

Starting in the fourth quarter of this year, DirecTV Broadband will begin
signing up its own DSL customers in Qwest service territories, including
Seattle, Phoenix, Denver, Portland (Ore.), Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.

DirecTV has similar wholesale agreements with other DSL carriers, such as SBC
Communications Inc., Pacific Bell, Southwestern Bell, BellSouth Corp. and
Verizon Communications.

Hughes also recently launched its 'DirecWay by DirecTV' two-way
broadband-via-satellite service for consumers outside participating DSL service

In other news from Hughes, equipment subsidiary Hughes Network Systems said
Thursday that it had shipped more than 7 million DirecTV direct-broadcast
satellite television systems.

The long-term fate of the Hughes divisions remains unclear, as News Corp.
chairman Rupert Murdoch and EchoStar Communications Corp. chairman Charlie Ergen
continue to battle for control of the company, which Hughes parent General
Motors Corp. wants to sell.