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Press Release -- March 4th, 2010
Source: Integra Telecom
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INTEGRA TELECOM PRAISES FCC EFFORTS TO STIMULATE BROADBAND INTERNET USE FOR SMALL BUSINESS

Affordable High-Speed Internet Crucial to Economic Development

Portland, Ore. – March 4, 2010 – Dudley Slater, CEO of Integra Telecom Inc., an integrated communications provider for business, released the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) National Broadband Plan presentation by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Karen Mills, administrator for the Small Business Administration:

"Integra Telecom applauds Chairman Genachowski's and the FCC's efforts to stimulate broadband Internet deployment and adoption, while promoting broadband opportunities for small business,” said Slater. “As mentioned by the chairman, broadband Internet supports economic development as well as leadership within our communities. By prioritizing this technology, the FCC will help stimulate economic productivity and output, while creating new jobs. We look forward to working with the FCC as it moves forward with the implementation of its National Broadband Plan.”

Integra Telecom is one the largest fiber-based competitive telecommunications carriers in the nation serving more than 130,000 businesses in 11 primarily Western states. All Integra Telecom products and services are supported by locally-based customer care representatives and technicians.

About Integra Telecom

Integra Telecom Inc. provides voice and Internet solutions to thousands of business and carrier customers in 11 Western states, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington. It owns and operates a best-in-class fiber-optic network comprised of metropolitan access networks, nationally acclaimed Internet and data networks, and a 4,700-mile high-speed long haul network. The company has earned some of the highest customer loyalty and customer satisfaction ratings in the telecommunications industry. Primary equity investors in the company include Goldman, Sachs & Co., Tennenbaum Capital Partners, funds managed by Farallon Capital Partners and Warburg Pincus. Integra Telecom and Electric Lightwave are registered trademarks of Integra Telecom Inc. For more information, visit: www.integratelecom.com.

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