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Press Release -- March 19th, 2010
Source: Integra Telecom
Tags: Exchange, Video

MARCH MADNESS DRIVES INTERNET TRAFFIC SPIKE

Integra Telecom Report Shows Business Web Traffic Spiked Nearly 15 Percent During First Round of The NCAA Tournament

Portland, Ore. – March 19, 2010 – Integra Telecom Inc., a telecommunications provider for business, recorded an increase in business Internet traffic of nearly 15 percent on Thursday, March 18, compared to two weeks ago as March Madness spread across the nation during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

“The timing and pattern of this Internet traffic spike is most likely related to employees of Integra’s customers streaming online video of the NCAA basketball tournament,” said John Nee, vice president of corporate communication for Integra Telecom. “

Compared against Internet traffic from the past 12 months, Thursday’s traffic recorded by Integra Telecom represents the busiest day of the year. Thursday’s spike in Internet usage included visits to sports Web sites, social networking sites, as well as e-mail exchanges.

The Internet traffic statistic provided reflects Integra’s combined network. Integra’s March Madness Internet usage was compared against its Internet usage recorded two weeks prior to the first round of “Big Dance” games.

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, a 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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MEDIA CONTACTS
John Nee, 503-453-8084, john.nee@integratelecom.com
Shannon Riggs, 503-546-7885, shannon@lanepr.com

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