Phone access provider, ACSI, adds to networks Md. telecommunications company now has nine metropolitan systems

January 16, 1996|By Michael Dresser | Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF

American Communications Services Inc., an Annapolis Junction-based telecommunications company, said yesterday that last year it more than tripled the number of cities it serves with competitive telephone networks.

ACSI, which moved to Maryland from suburban Chicago last year, said it had nine metropolitan networks up and running at the end of 1995, compared with two at the end of 1994. The number under construction increased from three to eight.

The company is primarily a "competitive access provider," or CAP, meaning that it offers business customers a connection to long-distance providers for less than the cost of going through their local telephone companies.

The company follows a strategy of concentrating its efforts on "second-tier" and "third-tier" markets in the South and Southwest.

ACSI has placed considerable emphasis on growing quickly in order to beat competitors to as many cities as possible.

The figures ACSI released yesterday showed impressive gains by several measures.

In miles of fiber-optic cable in its networks, its total increased sevenfold: from eight to 136.

The number of buildings it serves jumped from 19 to 100.

"We believe the company has made significant progress toward its goal of having a total of 30 networks in operation or under construction by the end of 1996," said Richard A. Kozak, ACSI's president and chief executive officer.

In addition to operating its CAP business, ACSI is seeking authority to offer full-fledged local service to businesses in several states.

The markets it serves include Louisville, Ky.; Little Rock, Ark.; Fort Worth and El Paso, Texas; Greenville and Columbia, S.C.; Mobile and Montgomery, Ala.; and Albuquerque, N.M.

ACSI is building networks in Lexington, Ky.; Spartanburg and Charleston, S.C.; Irving, Texas; Columbus, Ga.; Tucson, Ariz.; Jackson, Miss.; and Birmingham, Ala.

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