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TMCNet:  Integra Telecom Bolsters Commitment to Serving Education Customers

[December 13, 2012]

Integra Telecom Bolsters Commitment to Serving Education Customers

(Marketwire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) PORTLAND, OR -- (Marketwire) -- 12/13/12 -- Integra Telecom, Inc., a leading provider of fiber-based, carrier-grade networking, communications and technology solutions, demonstrates its commitment to Government & Education Services (GES) providing nearly 300 schools and libraries with Internet and telecom services. Through E-Rate, the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund (USF) administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), Integra offers discounted end-to-end connectivity for voice and data networks to K-12 schools, education districts and libraries throughout its footprint.

By offering technology solutions through E-Rate, Integra continues its shift to serving larger, multi-location customers with high-bandwidth, enterprise-grade network and communications services via its fiber and copper-based networks. Organized under the leadership of Trent Anderson, Integra's vice president of government and education sales, the company has invested in dedicated education sales and support resources with market-specific expertise.

"Integra recognizes the financial challenges facing educational institutions as well as their need for the advanced technology solutions necessary to achieve their goals," said Anderson. "From video streaming and virtual classrooms to increasingly sophisticated communications and back-office systems, schools and libraries require a robust and secure network infrastructure to enable their applications. Integra is proud to work with federally funded programs like E-Rate to provide cost-effective and scalable Internet and telecom services to our GES customers." Telecommunications, Internet, internal connections and basic maintenance are among Integra's products and services eligible for E-Rate discounts. Integra's participation in E-Rate furthers the company's commitment to offer a range of education solutions that provide schools and libraries with the ability to: Manage fluctuating bandwidth requirements for education applications and data;Maintain network availability in emergencies ensuring student and educator safety;Safeguard network security while enabling personal technology devices; Prepare for next generation distance learning education and technologies; andMaintain network security to protect confidential student information."Integra provides superior customer service with extensive knowledge surrounding the E-Rate program," said Carolyn Coulter, information technology and virtual services officer for Pikes Peak Library District. "Integra's billing department has saved us time and money. Instead of wrestling with E-Rate forms, we were able devote time to serving our constituents." Learn more about Integra's E-Rate program and other satisfied E-Rate customers the company serves.

About Integra TelecomIntegra is one of the largest facilities-based providers of communications services in the western United States. We connect businesses of all sizes with advanced networking, communications and technology solutions in 35 metropolitan markets. Integra owns and operates an enterprise-class network consisting of a 5,000-mile long-haul fiber-optic network, 3,000-miles of metropolitan fiber and a nationwide IP/MPLS network. Our fiber connects directly to more than 2,200 enterprise buildings and data centers. Through our expansive Ethernet-over-copper footprint, we can deliver high-bandwidth services to more than 400,000 businesses. At Integra, we understand our customers need reliable, secure and flexible solutions delivered with unmatched expertise and quality of service. For more information, visit www.integratelecom.com.

MEDIA CONTACTSScenna Tabesh503-453-8808scenna.tabesh@integratelecom.comJames McIntyre503-546-1016integra@mcbru.com Source: Integra Telecom, Inc.

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