News Release

Broadwing's Wins SuperQuest Award for Best Built Public Network at Supercomm

Winning Broadband DSL Solution Based on Cisco Powered Network
Jun 07, 2000

ATLANTA, GA., June 7, 2000 - Broadwing Inc. (NYSE:BRW) announced that its broadband Internet subsidiary,, today won the SUPERQuest award in the Best Built Public Network category at SUPERCOMM 2000 in Atlanta.'s asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) network is an all-IP-routed network based on DSL and aggregation technologies from Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Using one of the first and most advanced service selection networks,'s more than 25,000 subscribers can choose and self-provision the services they want.

"Our goal was to deploy the most advanced local IP network in the world so that customers could easily access leading-edge IP-based services," said Mike O'Brien, president of "The SUPERQuest award validates our work as the most innovative in our space. Further validation is the significant number of established and start-up companies that are now utilizing our incubation lab to test and complete development of their broadband applications in a real-world environment."

"Cisco Systems end-to-end DSL, aggregation and Service Selection Gateway solution, along with innovative ZoomTown engineers, is really what makes our network unique. We've created a highly efficient, flexible and scalable network."

The network runs over a Cisco 12000 Series Internet router backbone. Cisco 6400 Carrier-Class Broadband Aggregators with Service Selection Gateway (SSG) software provide scalable service gateways for delivering high-speed, high-quality networking services on demand. The Cisco 6400 product enables dynamic selection and streaming video, interactive entertainment, and secure access to corporate networks. Cisco 6100 IP DSL Switches concentrate customer traffic from Cisco 675 ADSL routers located at each customer's premise for delivery to Cisco 6400 aggregators and transport over the network.

"The fact that ZoomTown has won this prestigious award is recognition of their strategy to bring to market new and innovative services," said Kambiz Hooshmand, vice president and general manager of the Cisco DSL and Integrated Access Business Unit. "Their pioneering broadband network provides more than just high-speed connections to the Internet. It is specifically focused on the next-generation applications their customers desire for receiving multiple, on-demand, value-added entertainment and education services and productivity tools." was nominated by Cisco for the SUPERQuest Award, which has been given annually for the past three years at the SUPERCOMM conference. The awards recognize the implementation of outstanding public and private networks and the key products and technologies behind them. The awards have gained significant notoriety as the premier event recognizing innovative networks and technologies. This year, more than 160 nominations were submitted.