Minneapolis -- U S West Communications last week stepped up
the deployment of new high-speed Internet technology by unveiling its "Megabit"
service in Minneapolis.
The RBOC's new Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service,
which splits the voice and data signal to allow consumers to cruise the Internet while
simultaneously talking on the same line, was rolled out in parts of Minneapolis, St. Paul
and the surrounding communities.
Over the next few weeks, Megabit will be rolled out in
nearby St. Cloud and other Minnesota communities, as U S West works to introduce the
service in 20 cities inside its 14-state region by sometime next month.
Megabit service has already been introduced in Phoenix,
Denver and Boise, Idaho. Other major markets set to receive the service include Colorado
Springs, Colo., Des Moines, Iowa; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.; Eugene, Portland and
Salem, Ore.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane, Wash.
The service offers modem speeds of 256 kilobits per second,
or almost 10 times the speed of an average computer modem, for $40 a month. Speeds can go
as high as 7 megabits per second for intensive business users, at a cost of $840 a month.