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Pipe Companies Running Telecom Cable

Pipe Companies Running Telecom Cable

El Paso Energy Communications Co., a subsidiary of Houston-based El Paso Energy; Touch America, a subsidiary of The Montana Power Co.; and PF.Net LLC of Vancouver, a privately held company, plan to launch a $150 million project to create a long-haul fiber-optic network linking Los Angeles and Houston.

The route, spanning 1,500 miles, will initially provide new connectivity and advanced telecommunications services to several growing metropolitan areas along the southwestern route, including Phoenix, Tucson, and El Paso, in addition to Los Angeles and Houston. The project is scheduled for completion in 2000.

Touch America and El Paso Energy Communications are partnering for a one-half interest in the route. Touch America is providing construction management for this segment of the project, while El Paso Energy is providing right-of-way.

PF.Net is responsible for constructing the other half of the route, whose owners are PF Telecom, headed by John Warta, and Koch Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, which is the second largest private company in the United States. Koch Industries has committed its 57,000 miles of right- of-way to PF.Net.

Monday Columbia Transmission Communications (CTC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Energy Group, unveiled plans to begin building the initial leg of its telecommunications network (See Daily GPI June 15, 1999). The initial leg of the overall route will extend 260 miles from New York City to Washington D.C. using Columbia Gas Transmission's right-of-way. It will be capable of providing voice, data and video signal access to 16 million people. The company is developing plans to extend this network to 2,500 route miles with direct access to 35 million people throughout the eastern United States, including lines to Cleveland, Cincinnati and New Orleans.

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