12/13/02 Atlantic.Net Invites Gainesville Residents to Be the First in America to Try New High-Speed Internet Access

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 13, 2002) - Atlantic.Net, http://www.atlantic.net, Florida’s largest privately held Internet service provider, today announced an open invitation to Gainesville-area residents to be among the first to try the company’s new residential DSL service, a high-speed Internet access offering for the home. Only the first 50 qualified households will get to participate in Atlantic.Net’s DSL “beta test,” a month-long trial period that enables a select group to try out the product before its release to the general public.

Atlantic.Net DSL features speeds up to 2.3 Mbps — about 70 times faster than dial-up. The high-speed connection enables users to download Web pages faster, send large files and photos via e-mail and access rich content such as videos, games and music. When the product debuts in February 2003, service plans will range from $24.95 to $34.95 per month. However, during the trial period beta testers will enjoy the fastest speed available at the lowest rate.

“Eight years ago, we were one of Gainesville’s first Internet service providers, bringing dial-up into the homes of local residents here and throughout North Central Florida,” said Marty Puranik, president, cofounder and CEO of Atlantic.Net. “It seems only natural for us to introduce our new DSL offering right here in our hometown, so our neighbors have the first chance to enjoy affordable high-speed Internet access.”

Other standard features of Atlantic.Net DSL and dial-up accounts include 10 e-mail addresses, 15MB of personal Web space, a monthly newsletter and 24/7 toll-free technical support. Last month, Atlantic.Net announced another new member benefit called “SpamScope,” a tool that filters out unwanted e-mail messages such as advertisements, hoaxes and adult content.

To sign up for Atlantic.Net’s DSL beta test, call 224-0136 in Gainesville or visit https://signup.atlantic.net/dsl.

About Atlantic.Net
Launched in 1994 by two University of Florida students, Atlantic.Net is an Internet service provider offering high-speed Internet access, Web site solutions, telecommunications and dial-up. Atlantic.Net business services feature a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee, 24/7 network monitoring and connection to an optimized Cisco Powered Network — a designation reserved for the world's top 1 percent of ISPs. This year, Atlantic.Net was named to the Inc 500 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies for the third consecutive year. During the past eight years, Atlantic.Net has acquired 13 Internet companies, has doubled or tripled revenues annually and has remained profitable every year since inception. Atlantic.Net is headquartered in Gainesville and has offices in Orlando and Tampa.

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For more information about this release, contact Teresa Beard at tbeard@atlantic.net or (352) 375-2912.

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