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[June 02, 2011]

TELUS Optik TV scores for hockey in Lethbridge

(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 02 June 2011 Release date- 01062011 - Lethbridge, AB - TELUS is contributing $350,000 to the University of Lethbridge (U of L) Pronghorns Hockey program, the results of TELUS donating $100 on behalf of every new TV customer in the community for the last year.

The gift will support the expansion of the Nicholas Sheran Leisure Centre, providing the Pronghorns women's hockey program a much-needed team room while enhancing the training facilities for both university and local minor hockey groups.

'The unique support TELUS provided to the U of L has many long-term benefits, and we want to thank TELUS for helping us bring those benefits for both the community and the University,' said U of L president Dr. Mike Mahon.

Sandy Slavin, the U of L's executive director, Sport and Recreation Services, said the U of L Pronghorns Hockey programs play an important role in the region's rich tradition of hockey. 'Not only do our programs showcase top intervarsity hockey talent, they bring people together and build pride and spirit for Lethbridge.' TELUS launched its community TV fundraising campaign in Lethbridge in March of 2010, earmarking $100 for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Hockey program on behalf of every new customer who signed up for TELUS Optik TV and TELUS Satellite TV in Lethbridge. Optik TV runs over a high-speed Internet connection, providing customers with game-changing services and features as well as more than 480 channels, including 85 in High Definition (HD). TELUS is investing $4.6 million in Lethbridge and $650 million across Alberta this year to further increase Internet speeds, introduce Optik TV to more communities, and expand its wireless network.

'From the tykes hitting the ice for the first time to the big league, hockey is woven into the very fabric of our culture,' said Fred Weinheimer, TELUS general manager of Customer Solutions Delivery for Alberta South. 'This campaign combined the community's love for hockey with their insatiable appetite for new technology, especially with TELUS Optik TV, was a wonderful way to show TELUS and its customers' support and ongoing commitment to the Lethbridge community.' Since 2000, TELUS and its team members have committed more than $475,000 and 27,000 volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations in Lethbridge, including Lethbridge Scientists in School and the Lethbridge and District Humane Society.

To order TELUS Optik TV, or for more information, go to telus.com/tv or call 310-MYTV (6988).

More about Optik TV Optik TV provides never before seen functionality and features as well as more than 480 channels, including 85 in High Definition (HD). The Internet-based service features PVR Anywhere, with one PVR acting as a server for the entire home so that Optik TV customers can watch and record shows on any TV, record up to three shows at once, and pause a program in one room and pick it up in another, right where they left off. Recently TELUS introduced Remote Recording, an application that allows Optik TV subscribers to manage their PVR recordings from any Internet connection, iPhone or select BlackBerry device. Optik TV also offers: Picture-in-Picture browsing; onscreen Call Display; HD Video On Demand; HD Pay Per View; and an improved search capability that enables effortless searches for shows and movies by actor, director, show title or sporting event, for immediate viewing or recording in the future. With Optik TV, TELUS customers can even use their Xbox 360 as a digital television box. It's easier and more flexible than ever.

TELUS also offers TELUS Satellite TV service which complements TELUS' Optik TV by expanding the availability of TELUS home bundles, including TELUS TV, home phone and High Speed Internet to more than 90 per cent of households across Alberta and British Columbia.

About TELUS TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.9 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 350,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com. To learn more about TELUS' commitment to the community, please visit TELUS.com/community.

For more information, please contact: Chris Gerritsen TELUS Media Relations 403-503-4919 chris.gerritsen@telus.com Bob Cooney Media Relations, University of Lethbridge 403-330-4609 robert.cooney@uleth.ca [Editorial queries for this story should be sent to newswire@enpublishing.co.uk] ((Comments on this story may be sent to info@enpublishing.co.uk)) (c) 2011 Electronic News Publishing -

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