October 16, 1998

NEWS RELEASE

Atlantic.Net Launches 56K Internet Service in Jacksonville

GAINESVILLE— Atlantic.Net: Internet Connect Company, one of Florida’s most popular Internet service providers, is pleased to announce that 56K Internet access is now available to subscribers in the Jacksonville local calling area.

Atlantic.Net members with 56Kbps modems will be able to access Web pages and use other Internet utilities at nearly twice the speed of a standard 28.8Kbps modem, with no additional cost.

Current subscribers should call the Member Services Department at 1-800-921-9328 for the new 56K access number. All customers have been sent an e-mail message containing details of the change and instructions on how to begin using the 56K service.

"People in Jacksonville will see an immediate benefit when using our 56K access," says Atlantic.Net president and CEO Marty Puranik, "Because digital modems overcome many of the technical deficiencies found in traditional analog phones lines. These could result in slow connection speeds and unexplained disconnects for Internet users— regardless of the provider they used."

Atlantic.Net members using 56K-capable modems will get fast, reliable Internet connections thanks to the clarity of the signal in the digital modems. Because it is a digital service, customers may also use dial-up 64Kbps ISDN terminal adapters to access the Internet at the higher speeds for the same monthly fee. Dial-up 128Kbps ISDN access is also available for an additional charge.

Dial-up 56K Internet accounts start at just $9.95 per month; including access to the World Wide Web, electronic mail, discussion groups and other easy-to-use features. The Atlantic.Net software startup kit, featuring Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser, is available for the Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

About Atlantic.Net: Internet Connect Co.
Gainesville, FL-based Atlantic.Net is a leader in the highly competitive Internet access industry committed to providing the highest possible level of service at a reasonable cost to all of its customers. Atlantic.Net operates in over 26 cities throughout Florida, including Jacksonville, Starke and Lake City. In addition to over 13,000 dial-up subscribers, Atlantic.Net offers a variety of high-speed dedicated access solutions and Web hosting services for businesses. To learn more about Atlantic.Net’s complete line of services, call 1-800-422-2936 or visit the corporate Web site at http://www.atlantic.net.

Atlantic.Net was founded in 1994 by two University of Florida students. In 1998 the company was named to the Florida 100 in a study conducted by the University of Florida's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), and Accounting Research and Professional Education (CARPE) identifying the 100 fastest-growing private companies in Florida.

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