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WHYY Enhances Web Capabilities with High Capacity Network from DCANet and City Signal

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WHYY Enhances Web Capabilities with High Capacity Network
from DCANet and City Signal

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 5, 2003 – WHYY, the region's leading public broadcasting station, will soon be able to significantly increase its Web-based services thanks to new network resources provided by two of Philadelphia's leading telecommunications providers.

The new data network provided by DCANet, a CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier) based in Wilmington with a presence in Old City Philadelphia, and City Signal Communications, a locally-based provider of metropolitan fiber optic networks in Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states, will enable WHYY to increase the amount and availability of Web-based resources including live audio and video streaming of WHYY-FM programs and special events.

"WHYY will have a direct, high capacity communication link to the network infrastructure that will allow us to deliver additional services for education, information and membership support," said Bill Weber, WHYY's Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. "The number of visitors to our Web site,, continues to grow, and we will now have the capacity to meet the demand and add new capabilities."

"WHYY reached a point where they had more people attempting to access live streaming media than they could accommodate with their current bandwidth," said Keith Duncan, PhD and President of DCANet. "By incorporating City Signal's dark fiber into the service offering, we were able to deliver a solution that will yield unlimited bandwidth and improve WHYY's ability to create applications and access the expanding communications tools that are available today."

WHYY's web site is used by visitors worldwide to hear in real time or archived editions such popular radio programs as Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. Weekly video versions of Radio Times and Voices in the Family with Dr. Dan Gottlieb are also available. Classroom material to complement WHYY television productions can be found at, and WHYY publications, such as its Applause program guide and Annual Report are available online.

The broadband fiber connectivity, which goes online in January 2004, complements WHYY's unique ability to Datacast large quantities of computer data over the air using its new digital television channel simultaneously with high-definition and other television services. Ultimately, WHYY intends to support the hosting of Web-based multimedia content in partnership with other community organizations and will pursue advanced Internet2 experimentation and demonstrations projects.

About WHYY

WHYY, through television, radio and other communication services, makes our region a better place, connecting each of us to the world's richest ideas and all of us to each other. WHYY's reach extends throughout the greater Philadelphia region. Over 1.4 million households watch WHYY-TV each month, while 417,000 people tune to WHYY-FM each week. Nearly 100,000 Internet users visit each month.

About DCANet

DCANet is a division of Consult Dynamics Incorporated, and is an Internet Services Provider and consulting company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware with additional offices in Old City Philadelphia. In conjunction with DCANet's sister company, D-Tel, DCANet is licensed as a CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier) in Pennsylvania and Delaware. A provider of high quality business class Internet transit, collocation, web hosting and consulting services, DCANet has provided thousands of customers across the Delaware Valley with excellent service and support since 1994.

About City Signal

City Signal Communications delivers metro dark fiber solutions enabling service providers and enterprise customers to deploy broadband applications. Located in key Mid-Atlantic and Midwest markets of the United States, its multi-ring networks provide customers with last mile connectivity to key buildings in the central business district and suburban communities. CSC's strategy is to push the edge of its networks deep into the suburban landscape. Founded in 1999 and based in suburban Philadelphia, PA, the company has received funding from MC Venture Partners, BB&T Capital Partners and Bank of America. For more information, visit the company's Web site at


Arthur Ellis, WHYY []
Treg Charlton, City Signal []
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