Optical Solutions' FiberPath 400 earns status on Rural Utilities Service's List of Materials

November 20, 2002--Optical Solutions' flagship product, FiberPath 400, has been accepted by the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) as the first passive optical networking (PON)-based system to be included on RUS' official List of Materials.

Nov 20th, 2002

Optical Solutions Inc. today announced that its flagship product, FiberPath 400, has been accepted by the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) as the first passive optical network (PON)-based equipment system to be included on RUS' official List of Materials.

"Many service providers, both those who seek RUS funding for their network deployments and those who pursue alternative financing options, have come to rely on the RUS List of Materials as an authoritative guide to products and systems that have maturity and validity in the marketplace," asserts Joe Dooley, director of market management at Optical Solutions Inc.

A technical standards committee at RUS determines acceptance of products for the List of Materials. Only products that have proven reliability, field installation, and service provider testimonials qualify.

"FiberPath 400's capabilities have exceeded our expectations. We have also found the support provided by Optical Solutions to merit our recommendation for the product's listing to RUS," contends John Hoffmann, general manager for Gervais Telephone Co. and DataVision Communications in Gervais, OR.

For more information about Optical Solutions Inc. (Minneapolis, MN), visit the company's Web site at www.opticalsolutions.com.

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