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NetWay Internet Offers StarBand Two-Way, High-Speed Satellite Internet Access

NetWay Internet enters into a partnership through US Online with StarBand Communications to deliver two-way, high-speed, satellite Internet access to local businesses and residences.

North Andover, Ma, June 20, 2002 – NetWay Internet, Massachusetts’ leading Internet Service provider today announced the availability of two-way, high-speed satellite Internet access for small business and residential customers.  The new service is the product of a strategic partnership through US Online with StarBand Communications, the industry leader in two-way, always-on satellite Internet access.  The service provides NetWay Internet’s small business and residential customers a high-speed connection virtually anywhere in Massachusetts.  “We no longer face the physical limitations of DSL and Fiber Optic lines in delivering high-speed Internet access”, states NetWay Internet CEO Craig Nuttall.

The new service delivers an always-on connection to the Internet with download speeds up to 1 Mbps for small business customers and 500 kbps for residential consumers -- no phone service is required.  The satellite Internet connection is professionally installed through small antennas on roofs, walls of customer homes or via pole mount.  The antennas connect to StarBand’s Model 360 high-speed satellite modem, which connects to a Windows based PC via a USB or Ethernet port.  When a customer accesses the service, the signal travels over the inside and outside wiring to the antenna.  The antenna then relays the data signals to a satellite and the satellite sends the signal to the StarBand Network Operations Center where it gathers, aggregates and routes the signals to deliver data from the Internet to the customer.

The residential service is priced at $69.99 monthly; it requires the purchase of the antenna and satellite modem ($549) and installation (standard install starts at $199).  The antenna also accommodates EchoStar’s DISH Network satellite TV programming for a one dish solution for high-speed satellite Internet and satellite television services.  The Business service is $129.99 (up to 3 PC networking package) and $169.99 (up to 5 PC networking package) monthly; it requires the antenna and satellite modem ($799) and installation.  The business service also includes a static IP address, networking software and Virtual Private Networking support.

“The StarBand-NetWay partnership means more channels for more consumers to gain the speed and power of two-way, always-on Internet service,” said StarBand Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Zur Feldman. “Consumers everywhere want a reliable, high-performance Internet solution for their home and/or small business and our partnership with NetWay Internet delivers on that promise virtually anywhere.”

About NetWay

NetWay Internet, Inc. a is locally owned and operated Internet Service Provider serving Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.  The Company provides unlimited dialup, wireless broadband, leased line and satellite Internet access, along with web design and hosting.  Since it’s founding in 1995 NetWay Internet has consistently been among New England’s top Internet service providers.  For additional company information, please visit the NetWay Internet website at: www.netway.com.  Customers can call 978.557.0097 for more information on obtaining StarBand service through NetWay Internet.

About StarBand Communications Inc.

StarBand Communications Inc., headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is America’s first nationwide provider of two-way, always-on, high-speed Internet access via satellite to residential customers.  StarBand was recognized with the ‘Most Innovative Internet Service Provider’ award sponsored by Interactive Week and the Net Economy in September 2001 and awarded one of 21 finOvation Awards for product excellence by readers and editors of Farm Industry News in January 2002.  Founded in early 2000, StarBand’s investors and strategic partners include EchoStar Communications Corporation, Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., Microsoft Corporation and FS Investments.

StarBand Communications Inc., headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is America’s first nationwide provider of two-way, always-on, high-speed Internet access via satellite to residential customers.  In February, 2002, StarBand introduced StarBand Small Office service, a business-grade product for small business owners wanting the affordable, always-on features of high-speed satellite Internet access – virtually anywhere they run their business.  StarBand was recognized with the ‘Most Innovative Internet Service Provider’ award sponsored by Interactive Week and the Net Economy in September 2001 and awarded one of 21 finOvation Awards for product excellence by readers and editors of Farm Industry News in January 2002.  Founded in early 2000, StarBand’s investors and strategic partners include Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., Microsoft Corporation, EchoStar Communications Corporation and FS Investments.  StarBand has exclusive rights to offer Gilat’s two-way, high-speed consumer Internet technology in the United States, Mexico and Canada.  Visit StarBand at www.StarBand.com.  StarBand is a trademark and servicemark of StarBand Communications Inc.

About US Online

US Online, headquartered in Wenatchee, Washington, is a privately held corporation.  The company serves the critical and competitive needs of local and regional ISPs with its own set of core and third party services.  The company supports a growing number of ISP affiliates and their subscribers.  The current US Online ISP partner network serves 400,000 subscribers in 1,000 cities across 45 U.S. states. For additional company information, please visit the US Online website at: www.usonline.com.  Customers can call 509.663.6031 for more information on obtaining StarBand service through the US Online ISP partner network.


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