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  • From: "Greg Wood" <>
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  • Subject: I2-NEWS: Qwest Partners with Centennial to Link University of Puerto Rico to Universities Around the World
  • Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 11:36:18 -0500
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Denver, January 30, 2001 - Qwest Communications International Inc., the
broadband Internet communications company, today announced that it is part
of a contract awarded to Centennial de Puerto Rico by the University of
Puerto Rico (UPR) to provide network services for the Puerto Rican Internet2
Services Association (PRISA) network. Qwest's Government Systems Division
has an agreement to subcontract the long distance portion of this offering
through Centennial, which will serve as the prime contractor to UPR.
Centennial is one of the local providers in Puerto Rico.

"We are honored Centennial selected us to partner with them in this
momentous project," said James F.X. Payne, senior vice president for Qwest
Government Systems Division. "We believe our long-standing involvement and
success with the Internet2 network has uniquely positioned Qwest to provide
critical support to the UPR PRISA network, both in its formative stages and
as it progresses in the coming years."

Qwest will use its broadband fiber network to provide an undersea fiber
optic facility for the project, linking Centennial's local infrastructure in
Puerto Rico to a point of presence in Florida. The local and cross-Atlantic
connections will allow the five UPR campuses that will form the PRISA
network, including the Arecibo Observatory, to link with other universities
around the world. Internet2(R) is a consortium led by over 180 universities
working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy
advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of
tomorrow's Internet. The PRISA project is a significant step in the
introduction of high-speed data networks originating in Puerto Rico.

Qwest and its Government Systems Division will continue to support UPR,
Internet2, and programs associated with the NSF, along with other US Federal
Agencies and operations in Puerto Rico.

"The wideband connection that PRISA provides will allow the University of
Puerto Rico's researchers to collaborate in real time with state of the art
research facilities worldwide," stated Dr. Norman Maldonado, President of
the University of Puerto Rico (UPR).

"Because of its real time functionality," added Naji Khoury, Centennial's
Wireline Services Marketing Director, "we foresee that it will be mostly
beneficial for videoconferencing, telemedicine, virtual labs, real time
access to the world's best supercomputing facilities, and operating research
equipment at a distance, among a wide range of applications."

About Qwest Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in
reliable, scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image
communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity Fiber
Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and
efficiency, spans more than 104,000 miles globally. For more information,
please visit the Qwest web site at

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that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially
from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents
filed by Qwest with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the
most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause
actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking
statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results,
volatility of Qwest's stock price, intense competition in the communications
services market, changes in demand for Qwest's products and services,
dependence on new product development and acceleration of the deployment of
advanced new services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services,
which could require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources
in excess of contemplated levels, higher than anticipated employee levels,
capital expenditures and operating expenses, rapid and significant changes
in technology and markets, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative
environment affecting Qwest's business and delays in Qwest's ability to
provide interLATA services within its 14-state local service territory,
failure to maintain rights of way, and failure to achieve the projected
synergies and financial results expected to result from the acquisition of U
S WEST timely or at all and difficulties in combining the operations of
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From: Mary Fran Yafchak
Subject: SURA/ViDe Digital Video Workshop - coming soon!
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Dear all,

This is a reminder to those interested in digital video
(collaborative conferencing, streaming, video-on-demand) for use in
research and education. Mark your calendars for the annual SURA/ViDe

SURA/ViDe Digital Video Workshop
March 20 & 21, 2001
GCATT (Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology)
Atlanta, Georgia

This conference provides attendees with the opportunity to learn more
about the latest developments and deployments with digital video over
IP. The agenda is not yet final (see Call for Participation near the
end of this message) but is already shaping up to cover a broad range
of relevant topics. Session foci include:

- Applications of Collaborative Conferencing in R&E
- Application of Digital Multimedia in R&E
- Implementing & Supporting Collaborative Conferencing Technology
- Models for Digital Video Service Delivery

Agenda details are included along with accommodation information and
online registration at:

** If you have colleagues that would be interested in this
conference, please do not hesitate to forward this announcement. **

Hope to see you there!

-Mary Fran



The Video Development Initiative (ViDe) and the Southeastern
Universities Research Association (SURA) invite you to present your
work in areas of networked digital video at their annual Digital
Video Workshop, to be held in Atlanta on March 20-21, 2001. We are
especially looking for presentations on how faculty on your campuses
are using digital video in teaching, research, and service.
Presentations can be given as standalone talks or as a part of a
panel of related topics. Demonstrations of your work are also

For more information or to submit an abstract on your talk, please
contact Ed Price at
must be submitted by Wednesday, February 21st.
Mary Fran Yafchak
IT Program Coordinator
SURA (Southeastern Universities Research Association)

"No problem can be solved from the same level of
consciousness that created it" A. Einstein.

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