01/14/99 - Atlantic.Net Acquires Mercury Communications’ Internet Access Customers

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Media Contact: Doreen Sabina
Phone: (904) 249-3946
E-mail: doreen@atlantic.net

GAINESVILLE— Atlantic.Net: Internet Connect Company is pleased to announce that they have entered into a technology exchange agreement with Mercury Communications. Under the terms of the agreement, Atlantic.Net purchased the dial-up subscribers, dedicated access accounts and Web hosting clients of Mercury Communications, which operated primarily in the Gainesville and Ocala areas of North Central Florida.

Effective immediately, former Mercury customers will be able to take advantage of all of Atlantic.Net’s features, including 56Kbps Web browsing and e-mail service. Technical support is available seven days a week and subscribers will have access to the Atlantic.Net software startup kit, featuring Netscape Communicator, which is available for Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Former Mercury subscribers may access the service in any of the 30 cities Atlantic.Net currently serves, or anywhere in the country with the Atlantic.Net roaming access plan.

Atlantic.Net is honoring all service agreements with Mercury users and subscribers will not need to make any immediate network changes in their computers. However, Atlantic.Net recommends that all subscribers begin notifying friends and family of the impending change in their e-mail addresses, which will take effect in two months. Anyone with questions regarding this change should call the Atlantic.Net Member Services department at 1-800-921-9328 or send e-mail to service@atlantic.net.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

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. Founded in 1994, Atlantic.Net operates in over 30 cities throughout Florida, including Gainesville, Ocala and Lake City. 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. 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.

About Mercury Communications/Maxcess, Inc.
Mercury Communications is changing its business focus to new emerging technologies in the Internet telephony and value-added communications services market. These new services will be offered under the business name Maxcess, Inc. and will be made available to Atlantic.Net customers. For more information please call 352-332-1300.


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