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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2005

Eastlink invests $19 million to expand telephone service to Annapolis Valley
Areas of Wolfville, New Minas first to experience competition, choice

WOLFVILLE, NS - Eastlink, the company that brought telephone competition to the Maritimes, is expanding telephone service into the Annapolis Valley. Eastlink Co-CEO Dan McKeen announced today the company is investing $19 million to bring local telephone to the area. McKeen, joined by Mayor Bob Stead and Mayors and town officials from Berwick, Kentville, New Minas and Windsor, said the expansion of telephone service into Valley communities will provide businesses and customers with local telephone savings.

"Wolfville and areas of New Minas will be the first to enjoy choice. In fact, I am pleased to announce that by the end of the week residents and businesses throughout most areas of these area can begin subscribing to Eastlink Telephone service," says Dan McKeen, Co-CEO, Eastlink.

Eastlink crews and contractors began network construction work in April, with an anticipated completion date of Fall 2006. Service will be launched phase-by-phase to the remaining areas of New Minas and Kentville in early Fall followed by Berwick, Kingston and Windsor. Residents choosing to switch to Eastlink Telephone can enjoy free installation and are able to keep their existing phone number, jacks and directory listing.

"With the addition of Eastlink telephone service, the residents, businesses and students in the towns of Wolfville, Berwick, Kentville, New Minas and Windsor will benefit from the competitive pricing in telecommunications services," said Mayor Bob Stead, Town of Wolfville. "It's one more reason why the Annapolis Valley is a great place to live and work."

"We welcome today's investment announcement and the option of choice and competition that will result for businesses throughout the Valley," said Bob Lancashire, Executive Director, Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce.

"We expect telephone competition will increase the attractiveness of Annapolis Valley towns for business and help create additional employment opportunities. Additionally, all Eastlink customers will benefit from additional savings when they sign up for an Eastlink Telephone Bundle," said McKeen.

In addition, any Eastlink bundle customer can add a Rogers Wireless Plan to their account and receive a 15 per cent discount on select wireless airtime plans.

About Eastlink
Operating from its headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Eastlink is the fifth largest cable company in Canada and was the first to offer customers local telephone service over a state-of-the-art digital network. Eastlink's employees provide a range of communications, entertainment & advertising services to business and residential customers across the Maritimes. For more information on Eastlink and its products and services, visit www.eastlink.ca.

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