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Press Release -- March 18th, 2011
Source: Integra Telecom
Tags: Exchange, Video

MARCH MADNESS SPIKES INTERNET TRAFFIC 28 PERCENT

Integra Telecom Reports First Day of the NCAA Tournament Was Busiest ofthe Year

Portland, Ore. – March 18, 2011 – Integra Telecom Inc., a telecommunicationsprovider for business, recorded an increase in business Internet traffic of 28 percentabove normal on Thursday, March 17, as March Madness took off across the nation onthe first day of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

“For the past several years, we’ve tracked Internet patterns during the NCAA basketballtournament and this year’s traffic spike nearly doubled that of 2010,” said John Nee,vice president of corporate communication for Integra Telecom. “Based on when theincrease was recorded, we anticipate that a great deal of the traffic came from ourcustomers’ employees keeping tabs of their favorite teams throughout the workday.”

Compared against Internet traffic from the past 12 months, Thursday’s traffic recordedby Integra Telecom represents the busiest day of the year. Integra attributes Thursday’sspike in Internet usage to the employees of their customers streaming video from sportswebsites, visits to social networking sites and to e-mail exchanges.

Integra’s March Madness Internet usage was compared against its Internet usagerecorded on a normal Thursday to the first round of “Big Dance” games.

About Integra Telecom

Integra Telecom Inc. provides voice and Internet solutions to thousands of business andcarrier customers in the 11 Western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho,Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington. It ownsand operates a best-in-class fiber-optic network comprised of metropolitan accessnetworks, nationally acclaimed Internet and data networks, and a 5,000-mile high-speedlong haul network. The company has earned some of the highest customer loyalty andcustomer satisfaction ratings in the telecommunications industry. Primary equityinvestors in the company include Goldman, Sachs & Co., Tennenbaum Capital Partners, funds managed by Farallon Capital Partners and Warburg Pincus. IntegraTelecom and Electric Lightwave are registered trademarks of Integra Telecom Inc. Formore information, visit: www.integratelecom.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS

John Nee, 503-453-8084, john.nee@integratelecom.com

Keith Metz-Porozni, 503-546-7870, keith@lanepr.com

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