On the heels of a Federal Communications Commission filing by New England based telecom Network Plus saying that the company will cease offering services in Florida and Georgia, BTI Telecom is launching a program to “assist” the business customers of Network Plus in making “the transition of their communication services as painless and seamless as possible,” according to a statement released by BTI.

BTI is naming the promotion “Fast Forward,” and it includes free installation, free expedites and free months of local line charges for former customers of Network One.

In a prepared statement BTI Chief Executive Officer Joseph Cece says: “This is a difficult time for the businesses that are affected by this type of turmoil in the telecom industry. BTI wants to extend a hand to customers who must now quickly find another communications provider. We are dedicated to making their conversion smooth and fast, and have incentives to bring them on board.”

The current financial status of the privately-held BTI is unknown, and company officials refuse to return repeated telephone inquiries requesting basic information on the company, such as the number of employees. Several company executives have left BTI in recent months. Most recently, Tony Copeland, BTI’s former executive vice president general counsel, who maintained a high-profile in Triangle technology circles, stepped down to spend more time with his family.

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www.btitele.com