EarthLink Launches the City of New Orleans Municipal Wireless Network

This Municipal Wi-Fi Network Will Deliver Affordable and Portable Broadband

for Residents, Visitors, Businesses and City Employees

Dec 21, 2006, 00:00 ET from EarthLink

    ATLANTA and NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Doing its
 part to help rebuild the Crescent City, EarthLink (Nasdaq:   ELNK) officially
 launches the City of New Orleans' municipal wireless network today -- the
 company's third market build out this year. The approximately 20-square
 mile Wi-Fi mesh network covers parts of the Orleans parish.
     EarthLink is supporting the City's rebuilding efforts by providing a
 free tier of service available up to 300Kbps for residents and businesses
 in New Orleans throughout the coverage area
 ( Consumers can access the free
 tier by logging onto the Web site through the Wi-Fi
 access software embedded in their desk- or laptop computer.
     New Orleans residents will also have access to higher speeds via
 EarthLink Wi-Fi(SM) with down-and-upload speeds up to 1Mbps. For $21.95 a
 month, EarthLink Wi-Fi includes all the products and support consumers have
 come to expect from EarthLink, including eight mailboxes and the ISP's
 powerful protection tools, such as spamBlocker and the EarthLink Protection
 Control Center(TM).
     "Wi-Fi enabled communication during Hurricane Katrina when other means
 failed, so the City of New Orleans and its residents know the importance of
 this technology," said Donald Berryman, executive vice president of
 EarthLink and president of the ISP's municipal networks unit. "Today's
 launch brings a low cost Wi-Fi solution to the City and reflects
 EarthLink's commitment to helping residents, visitors and thousands of
 workers stay connected with low cost broadband service, at absolutely no
 cost to the city."
     "This is truly a great day for the city of New Orleans as we move into
 the 21st century with wireless Internet services that are available to all
 of our residents. We're looking at everything through a new lens and we're
 focused on innovation. Now, the City of New Orleans is in a position to
 move to the next level in technology," said Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
     "Advanced technology will help jumpstart this recovery and will allow
 us to create partnerships and programs that will manage our City more
 effectively to work with our business community, to rebuild and ultimately
 to get our citizens back home," Nagin added.
     What EarthLink Wi-Fi Brings To New Orleans
     EarthLink has won numerous honors and awards for its dial-up and high
 speed service and, today, officially adds its latest access offering for
 wirelessly enabled customers in New Orleans. In addition to EarthLink Wi-Fi
 and the free tier available via the Feather by EarthLink capture portal,
 EarthLink will offer a wireless broadband service with rates ranging from
 $3.95 for a one-hour pass to $15.95 for a three-day pass for occasional use
 customers. Occasional use customers will connect and access account
 information from the EarthLink portal page. The network will also serve as
 a platform for City, business and wholesale partners to access EarthLink's
 municipal network for their employees and end-users.
     As part of its commitment to open access, EarthLink will enable
 multiple providers, such as PeoplePC (, to offer
 their Internet service to consumers and businesses over its network.
     The Technology
     Wi-Fi is short for wireless fidelity. It enables a person to connect
 his or her Wi-Fi enabled computer, cell phone or PDA to the Internet or
 another Wi-Fi enabled device, without a traditional 'wired' connection.
     Today's announcement marks the completion of the first stage of
 EarthLink's Wi-Fi build out in New Orleans. EarthLink will continue to
 expand the wireless network as additional sections of the City are rebuilt,
 in support of the recovery efforts. EarthLink has deployed Tropos Networks'
 ( MetroMesh Wi-Fi routers on light poles throughout
 the city that enable reliable wireless data connectivity between users and
 the Internet. The Tropos system forms a wireless mesh, intelligently
 routing data to produce the best possible user experience. The network is
 operated and optimized using Tropos Control and Tropos Insight, a suite of
 end-to-end configuration, monitoring and maintenance tools. In addition,
 EarthLink has deployed Motorola's MOTOwi4(TM) portfolio of products,
 including its Canopy(TM) high-speed backhaul and Wi-Fi mesh network
     For more information on EarthLink Wi-Fi, please go to:
     For more information on EarthLink's Municipal Networks business unit,
 please go to:
     About EarthLink
     "EarthLink. We revolve around you(SM)." As the nation's next generation
 Internet service provider, Atlanta-based EarthLink has earned an
 award-winning reputation for outstanding customer service and its suite of
 online products and services. Serving over five million subscribers,
 EarthLink offers what every user should expect from their Internet
 experience: high-quality connectivity, minimal online intrusions and
 customizable features. Whether it's dial-up, high-speed, voice, web
 hosting, wireless or "EarthLink Extras" like home networking or security,
 EarthLink connects people to the power and possibilities of the Internet.
 Learn more about EarthLink by calling (800) EARTHLINK or visiting
 EarthLink's Web site at

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