SBC Reports DSL Gains

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SBC Communications Inc. reported 360,000 digital-subscriber-line additions during the second quarter of 2005, a jump over last year’s 315,000 additions, giving the telco 6 million high-speed-data subscribers.

Despite a $14.95-per-month promotion that began in June, SBC executives said two-thirds of DSL subscribers were taking a higher-speed, higher-priced package. SBC also said most of its new subscribers were new to the high-speed category, not wins from cable companies.

The company said it continues to make progress on Project Lightspeed. Technical Internet-protocol-TV trials will expand, executives said, despite reports earlier this year that trouble with Microsoft Corp. software had delayed rollouts.

SBC said talks with programmers continue, but no deals will be announced until IPTV soft-launches later this year.

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