January 21, 1998


Media Contact: Brian Bess
Phone: (352) 375-2912
E-mail: brian@atlantic.net

Atlantic.Net 56K Internet Service Now Available in Tampa & New Port Richey

GAINESVILLE— Internet Connect Company, Inc. (ICC), one of the most popular Internet service providers in Florida, is pleased to announce that 56K Internet access is now available to subscribers in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties.

ICC utilizes K56flex, which is the modem protocol developed by Lucent and Rockwell that enables high speed Internet downloads over standard telephone lines. Subscribers with a compatible modem should be able to access the service at speeds of up to 56Kbps, nearly double the 28.8Kbps speed that most other service providers offer. The K56flex protocol is endorsed by over 1,500 other Internet service providers worldwide.

"Demand for 56K access has been growing for quite some time," says ICC President and CEO Marty Puranik, "We’re excited about introducing it to our subscribers in the Tampa Bay area, especially as the 56K standard is about to be released."

Puranik is referring to the debate between the two different competing 56K technologies, K56flex and 3Com Technology’s x2. Since their release in early 1997 the two technologies have not been compatible. This means Internet customers must have the same brand modem as their provider in order to take advantage of the faster connection speeds. The International Telecommunications Union, responsible for determining the 56K standard, announced last month that the new protocol will be released this spring.

After the 56K standard is released, anyone with a 56K modem can connect at the faster speeds regardless of the type of modem their particular provider is using. Modem manufacturers expect to begin shipping the new standardized products in February. People who already own an older modem should be able to upgrade to the new standard at no charge.

"We believe that the new 56K standard will make the Internet more user-friendly than ever before," Puranik continued, "This means less time waiting for downloads and more time enjoying the Internet."

About Internet Connect Co.
Gainesville, FL-based Internet Connect Company, a recognized leader in the highly competitive Internet access field, offers service to about 7,000 subscribers throughout Florida. The company is committed to providing the highest possible level of service at a reasonable cost to all of its customers. ICC also offers a variety of high-speed dedicated Internet solutions and Web hosting services for businesses. To learn more about ICC’s complete line of service offerings, call (800) 422-2936 or visit ICC’s Web page at http://www.atlantic.net.

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