Sprint again provided the highest network service availability of any major long-distance carrier during 2003, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

FCC records of reportable service outages show that Sprint bested its major nationwide long-distance competitors for the eighth straight year with regard to service uptime, experiencing only two reportable incidents. An FCC-reportable outage involves at least 90,000 blocked calls spanning at least 30-minutes.

“Sprint customers continue to enjoy unprecedented long-distance network availability,” Sprint’s Mid-Atlantic Region state executives, Steve Parrott (NC-SC) and Tom Sokol (VA-TN), said in a statement. “The fact that Sprint has continued its reliability streak for a record eighth year reflects our single-minded pursuit of operational excellence based on customer-driven technology initiatives, and is especially meaningful where reliability is a factor in the customer purchasing decision.”

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