NTS Begins Construction of Stimulus-Funded FTTP Network

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LUBBOCK, TX - NTS, a competitive provider formerly known as Xfone, has begun construction of its southern Louisiana fiber-to-the-premises network, which is funded by $36.1 million in federal stimulus grants and loans. The network will eventually include six communities and pass approximately 11,500 premises with fiber. A WiMAX service extension overlay will also bring advanced broadband services to additional towns.

Guy Nissenson, the chairman, president and CEO of NTS, comments, "We are very excited to have construction underway on our fiber network in southern Louisiana. During the past year, we have made excellent progress expanding the reach of our FTTP network to underserved communities in Texas, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to bring our high-speed broadband voice, video and internet offerings to similar markets in Louisiana."

In addition to breaking ground in Louisiana, NTS also announced that it has connected its first customers in Wilson, Texas, and in Meadow, Texas. NTS's ongoing fiber buildout, when completed, is expected to reach 19 new communities in Texas and Louisiana, bringing the company's total FTTP passings to approximately 50,000. In addition to its presence in Wilson, NTS has established its FTTP network in nine other towns in Texas.

Nissenson adds, "As we bring our high-speed triple-play offering to new markets, we continue to see strong adoption rates as customers recognize the value and convenience of our high-speed bandwidth. Consumers are increasingly reliant on the Internet, both in residential and business applications, and the speed and accessibility of our network meets their expectations. We look forward to bringing advanced broadband to more customers in Wilson in the coming weeks."

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