Williams Telecommunications Reaches Service, Capacity Pact / Extend Access from Coast to Coast

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TULSA - An agreement for Williams Telecommunications Co. and LIGHTNET, two of the nation's largest fiber optic telecommunications companies, to purchase capacity and provide service access over each other's networks has been signed, the two companies announced Thursday.

This agreement will allow access to a 10,000-mile, coast-to-coast network.

"By connecting our two networks, we've strengthened our national presence," Roy Wilkens, president of Williams Telecommunications Co., said. "We will be able to offer more alternative routing options and expand access to those areas of the country not presently served by WilTel or its National Telecommunications Network affiliates.

"This feature, along with our coast-to-coast service, fiber optic quality, and proven customer service, makes us even more attractive to major private line customers seeking national interstate telecommunications service."

According to Arthur E. Parsons, president and chief executive officer of LIGHTNET, the agreement represents a major strategic move for his company which has been committed to expanding service to the West Coast.

"LIGHTNET's customers will now be able to access 27 new cities west of the Mississippi along WilTel's routes, including Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City, St. Louis, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and many others," said Parsons.

IGHTNET, formed in 1983, is owned by subsidiaries of CSX Corp. and Southern New England Telecommunications. LIGHTNET provides interstate telecommunications service to other common carriers, business and government agencies for private line voice, data and video communications.

Williams Telecommunications is a subsidiary of the Williams Telecommunications Group Inc., which was formed in July 1987 during the acquisition of LDX NET, which is now a subsidiary of Williams Telecommunications Group, a subsidiary of The Williams Companies Inc. …