Carrier Briefs

FRAMINGHAM (06/21/2000) - Sprint PCS President and Chief Operating Officer Andrew Sukawaty resigned recently to "pursue a new opportunity," the company announced. Sukawaty has agreed to consult over the next month with Sprint Corp.'s Ronald LeMay, president and chief operating officer, who is temporarily taking over his position. Sukawaty joined Sprint PCS as its CEO in 1996 and was appointed president and CEO in 1998 when Sprint acquired control over its joint venture with TeleCommunications, Comcast Corp. and Cox Communications Inc.

Nextlink Communications Inc.'s US$2.54 billion merger with Concentric Network Corp. has been finalized. The two companies closed the deal last week just five months after Nextlink announced its intention to acquire the national ISP.

Concentric will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Nextlink. The ISP has more than 100,000 customers, 37 point-of-presence sites and DSL services in more than 46 cities.

Nextlink:; Concentric: www.concentric. comDSL carrier HarvardNet is opening in the New York City/New Jersey area, with plans to blanket the region with high-speed Internet access and VPN services.

The company says it rents space for its DSL equipment in 235 Bell Atlantic switching offices in that region, and plans to push its BusinessSpeed DSL service as well as Web hosting, VPN service and data back-up service. By early next year, HarvardNet says it will expand its services to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.


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