BellSouth says it has completed equipping all 136 of is North Carolina central offices with Digital Subscriber Line high-speed data technology, and that the project was finished seven months ahead of schedule.

Krista Tillman, president of BellSouth’s North Carolina operations, says the company is now operating about 1,500 remote DSL terminals and that she anticipates another 600 will be completed by the end of 2002.

“In today’s competitive communications environment, capital investment may be one of the best ways to gauge a company’s commitment to the communities it serves,” Tillman said in a prepared statement. “We are determined to bring our customers the advanced products they need and want in this digital Information Age.”

Company officials say the roll out of DSL service will also stimulate competition because connectivity also is offered wholesale to independent Internet service providers.