BellSouth nearly reached the 2 million mark in long-distance customers last week on the one-year anniversary of its first such service offerings.

BellSouth now offers the service across its entire nine-state coverage area. It initially started with Georgia and Louisiana.

The company says that 13 percent of its residential and 24 percent of its mass-market business accounts now use BellSouth for long distance.

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