Service optimizes Internet access for DSL subscribers.

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Bonded DSL increases download speeds for eligible DSL subscribers to 10 Mbps from 6 Mbps, or to 6 Mbps from 3 Mbps. Accomplished by assigning 2 copper pairs to customer's home, it allows for upload speeds to be increased from 768 Kbps to 1.0 Mbps. Subscribers also receive up to 1 Gb of email storage, up to 10 Gb of personal web space, and optional home networking.

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SureWest Delivers Faster Internet Speeds with the Launch of Bonded DSL

ROSEVILLE, Calif., Oct. 21 / / - Leading independent communications holding company SureWest Communications (NASDAQ:SURW) today announced the launch of its newest technology, bonded DSL, which will provide more subscribers on the company's copper network with access to faster Internet speeds of 10 megabits per second (Mbps) and 6 Mbps.

Bonded DSL is an advanced technology that will increase the download speeds for eligible DSL subscribers to 10 Mbps from 6 Mbps, or to 6 Mbps from 3 Mbps. Accomplished by assigning two copper pairs to the customer's home, this new and innovative technology also allows for higher upload speeds, increasing from 768 kilobits per second (Kbps) to 1.0 Mbps. As of June 30, 2008 SureWest's traditional copper network in the Sacramento region reached 74,500 homes in the company's incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) territory.

"As we continue to expand our advanced fiber-to-the-home network in Sacramento and Kansas City, we are also creating a superior customer experience for our copper subscribers by providing them with the most bandwidth and highest speeds technology allows," said SureWest Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Bill DeMuth. "Bonded DSL allows us to provide faster Internet speeds deeper into our copper network, and now over 50 percent of potential DSL subscribers have access to 10 Mbps. Demand for higher speeds is swelling and we are pleased to offer this upgrade to our DSL customers."

New and current customers eligible for the service can enjoy these faster speeds at new promotional rates of 6 Mbps for $27.99 per month for one year or 10 Mbps at $31.99 per month for one year. In addition to the higher speeds, SureWest's subscribers using the bonded DSL technology receive up to 1 gigabyte (GB) of e-mail storage, up to 10 GB of personal web space and optional home networking.

"This new enhancement supports our commitment to providing the best and most innovative products over our networks, and reinforces SureWest's position as a national technological leader," said DeMuth.

About SureWest

SureWest Communications ( is one of the nation's leading integrated communications providers and is the bandwidth leader in the markets it serves. Headquartered in Northern California for more than 90 years, the company expanded into the Kansas City region in February 2008 with the acquisition of Everest Broadband, Inc. and offers bundled residential and commercial services that include IP-based digital and high-definition television, high-speed Internet, Voice over IP, and local and long distance telephone. Its fiber-to-the-premise IP-based network in the Sacramento region features the fastest symmetrical Internet speeds in the nation at up to 50 Mbps. In its Kansas City market (, 75 percent of the company's customers subscribe to at least three services

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