Global Warming Heats up Internet-Protocol Television: Earth Day 2006 Will See Biggest Ever 2-Way IPTV Broadcast With Experts Reaching 16,000 Science Classrooms

Groundbreaking Event Marks Launch of Chantilly, VA.-based COMTek 'Power TV'

Network; Panels Feature Pew, Harvard, MIT Global Warming Experts and

Religious Leaders



Apr 18, 2006, 01:00 ET from Communication Technologies, Inc. (COMTek), Chantilly, VA. from ,Earth Day

    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 16,000 high school and
 college science classrooms across the United States will simultaneously see
 and chat with nine leading scientific and religious experts on the topic of
 global warming through the Earth Day Network using the new "PowerTV"
 internet- protocol television (IPTV) network of Chantilly-based
 Communication Technologies, Inc. (COMTek). The massive, interactive
 undertaking is believed to be single biggest simultaneous application of
 two-way IPTV technology ever attempted.
     The live, two-way IPTV video/chat broadcast will take place from 1-3
 p.m. ET/10 a.m.-1 p.m. PT on April 21, 2006 at
 http://www.earthdaynetwork.tv. Students will see a scientific expert panel
 followed by a panel of religious leaders and be able to chat with the
 panelists on a real-time basis throughout both presentations.
     Jeff Nesbit, vice president of communications, Earth Day Network said:
 "The panelists for Earth Day Network's live chat are leading members of the
 global warming community and have all contributed significantly to the
 world's understanding of climate change. This major leap forward in our
 education efforts means that we will be able to reach literally hundreds of
 thousands of young minds at the same time -- and to get feedback from many
 of them as well."
     Dr. Joseph Fergus, president and CEO, Communications Technologies,
 Inc., said: "COMTek has the ideal global network consisting of our own
 private IP, fiber, wireless, broadband over power lines (BPL) and satellite
 links, and the right background in managed network services to make an
 event possible on this unprecedented scale. This will be the first, true
 broadcast of real scope featuring IPTV service with full interactive
 capability. COMTek IPTV is a revolutionary new way to communicate that
 holds great promise for the Internet user community. The COMTek Network
 Services Team brings together nationally recognized media and technology
 leaders who have applied their skills and talents to create our innovative
 and patent-pending 'PowerTV' IPTV platform, which is truly unlike any other
 out there today."
     Internet-protocol television can be live or pre-recorded and broadcast
 at any time, with DVD quality and capable of migrating to the next
 generation high definition television (HDTV). IPTV is a two-way interactive
 broadcast whereas traditional Web "streaming" is a one-way flow. COMTek's
 PowerTV Network Services provide users with the full experience of
 television broadcasting coupled with the interactive capability of the
 World Wide Web and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Through PowerTV, a
 user/viewer experience can now be fully personalized in a way that is
 impossible with over-the-air or cable television broadcasting.
     All students who watch the IPTV-powered broadcast/chat are eligible to
 submit an essay to Earth Day Network describing what they learned and how
 it has motivated them to take action to slow global warming. The best
 essays will receive prizes and recognition on the Earth Day Network Web
 site.
     The panelists for Earth Day Network's live broadcast/chat are leading
 members of the global warming community and have all contributed
 significantly to the world's understanding of climate change. Vicki Arroyo,
 director of policy analysis, Pew Center on Global Climate Change; Dr. David
 Battisti, professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington and
 director, University's Earth Initiative; Professor John Harte, Energy and
 Resources Group and the Ecosystem Sciences Division, College of Natural
 Resources, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. John Reilly, associate
 director for research, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global
 Change, and senior research scientist, Laboratory for Energy and
 Environment, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Professor Daniel
 Schrag, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, and director,
 Harvard University Center for the Environment.
     The second panel of religious leaders will consist of: Rev. Richard
 Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs, National Association of
 Evangelicals; Rabbi Daniel Swartz, coordinator, Greater Washington
 Interfaith Power and Light, a project of the Churches Center on Theology
 and Public Policy and the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington;
 Rev. Alida M. DeCoster, minister, Social Justice Internship Program, the
 Unitarian Universalist, Washington D.C. office; and Imam Yahya Hendi,
 Muslim chaplain, Georgetown University.
     Reflecting $11 million in development over a three-year period, COMTek
 PowerTV is distributed over the firm's private, hybrid, global IP network
 that integrates fiber, wireless, broadband-over-power-lines (BPL) and
 satellite distribution to power an edge-distributed, low-cost and flexible
 IPTV service capable of delivering quality, interactive viewing experiences
 to PowerTV clients and their customers. Dedicated access to its own robust
 network, 15 years of advanced IT and networking leadership, and the
 expertise of over 900 technical personnel provides COMTek PowerTV with
 significant competitive advantages in the IPTV arena.
     ABOUT COMTek and EARTH DAY NETWORK
     Headquartered in Chantilly, Va., Communication Technologies, Inc.
 (http://www.comtechnologies.com) is a cutting-edge telecommunications,
 managed services and training company. Founded in 1990, COMTek has rapidly
 grown to 900 employees in the greater Washington, D.C. area and elsewhere
 in the United States. On December 1, 2004, COMTek announced that it had
 been named by Inc. magazine as one of the 500 fastest-growing privately
 held companies in the United States. The COMTek success story made the
 company a natural for inclusion on the "Inc. 500" hottest company list.
 COMTek's total growth, as measured by average annual sales revenues, was up
 303 percent from 1999 to 2003 and its employee ranks more than doubled
 during calendar year 2002.
     Founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day
 Network (EDN) promotes environmental citizenship and year round progressive
 action worldwide. Earth Day Network is a driving force steering
 environmental awareness around the world. Through Earth Day Network,
 activists connect, interact, and impact their communities, and create
 positive change in local, national, and global policies. EDN's
 international network reaches over 12,000 organizations in 174 countries,
 while the domestic program keeps over 3,000 groups and over 100,000
 educators coordinating millions of community development and environmental
 protection activities throughout the year. As a result, Earth Day is the
 only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all
 backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a half billion people
 participate in its campaigns every year.
 
 

SOURCE Communication Technologies, Inc. (COMTek), Chantilly, VA.; Earth Day
    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 16,000 high school and
 college science classrooms across the United States will simultaneously see
 and chat with nine leading scientific and religious experts on the topic of
 global warming through the Earth Day Network using the new "PowerTV"
 internet- protocol television (IPTV) network of Chantilly-based
 Communication Technologies, Inc. (COMTek). The massive, interactive
 undertaking is believed to be single biggest simultaneous application of
 two-way IPTV technology ever attempted.
     The live, two-way IPTV video/chat broadcast will take place from 1-3
 p.m. ET/10 a.m.-1 p.m. PT on April 21, 2006 at
 http://www.earthdaynetwork.tv. Students will see a scientific expert panel
 followed by a panel of religious leaders and be able to chat with the
 panelists on a real-time basis throughout both presentations.
     Jeff Nesbit, vice president of communications, Earth Day Network said:
 "The panelists for Earth Day Network's live chat are leading members of the
 global warming community and have all contributed significantly to the
 world's understanding of climate change. This major leap forward in our
 education efforts means that we will be able to reach literally hundreds of
 thousands of young minds at the same time -- and to get feedback from many
 of them as well."
     Dr. Joseph Fergus, president and CEO, Communications Technologies,
 Inc., said: "COMTek has the ideal global network consisting of our own
 private IP, fiber, wireless, broadband over power lines (BPL) and satellite
 links, and the right background in managed network services to make an
 event possible on this unprecedented scale. This will be the first, true
 broadcast of real scope featuring IPTV service with full interactive
 capability. COMTek IPTV is a revolutionary new way to communicate that
 holds great promise for the Internet user community. The COMTek Network
 Services Team brings together nationally recognized media and technology
 leaders who have applied their skills and talents to create our innovative
 and patent-pending 'PowerTV' IPTV platform, which is truly unlike any other
 out there today."
     Internet-protocol television can be live or pre-recorded and broadcast
 at any time, with DVD quality and capable of migrating to the next
 generation high definition television (HDTV). IPTV is a two-way interactive
 broadcast whereas traditional Web "streaming" is a one-way flow. COMTek's
 PowerTV Network Services provide users with the full experience of
 television broadcasting coupled with the interactive capability of the
 World Wide Web and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Through PowerTV, a
 user/viewer experience can now be fully personalized in a way that is
 impossible with over-the-air or cable television broadcasting.
     All students who watch the IPTV-powered broadcast/chat are eligible to
 submit an essay to Earth Day Network describing what they learned and how
 it has motivated them to take action to slow global warming. The best
 essays will receive prizes and recognition on the Earth Day Network Web
 site.
     The panelists for Earth Day Network's live broadcast/chat are leading
 members of the global warming community and have all contributed
 significantly to the world's understanding of climate change. Vicki Arroyo,
 director of policy analysis, Pew Center on Global Climate Change; Dr. David
 Battisti, professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington and
 director, University's Earth Initiative; Professor John Harte, Energy and
 Resources Group and the Ecosystem Sciences Division, College of Natural
 Resources, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. John Reilly, associate
 director for research, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global
 Change, and senior research scientist, Laboratory for Energy and
 Environment, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Professor Daniel
 Schrag, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, and director,
 Harvard University Center for the Environment.
     The second panel of religious leaders will consist of: Rev. Richard
 Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs, National Association of
 Evangelicals; Rabbi Daniel Swartz, coordinator, Greater Washington
 Interfaith Power and Light, a project of the Churches Center on Theology
 and Public Policy and the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington;
 Rev. Alida M. DeCoster, minister, Social Justice Internship Program, the
 Unitarian Universalist, Washington D.C. office; and Imam Yahya Hendi,
 Muslim chaplain, Georgetown University.
     Reflecting $11 million in development over a three-year period, COMTek
 PowerTV is distributed over the firm's private, hybrid, global IP network
 that integrates fiber, wireless, broadband-over-power-lines (BPL) and
 satellite distribution to power an edge-distributed, low-cost and flexible
 IPTV service capable of delivering quality, interactive viewing experiences
 to PowerTV clients and their customers. Dedicated access to its own robust
 network, 15 years of advanced IT and networking leadership, and the
 expertise of over 900 technical personnel provides COMTek PowerTV with
 significant competitive advantages in the IPTV arena.
     ABOUT COMTek and EARTH DAY NETWORK
     Headquartered in Chantilly, Va., Communication Technologies, Inc.
 (http://www.comtechnologies.com) is a cutting-edge telecommunications,
 managed services and training company. Founded in 1990, COMTek has rapidly
 grown to 900 employees in the greater Washington, D.C. area and elsewhere
 in the United States. On December 1, 2004, COMTek announced that it had
 been named by Inc. magazine as one of the 500 fastest-growing privately
 held companies in the United States. The COMTek success story made the
 company a natural for inclusion on the "Inc. 500" hottest company list.
 COMTek's total growth, as measured by average annual sales revenues, was up
 303 percent from 1999 to 2003 and its employee ranks more than doubled
 during calendar year 2002.
     Founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day
 Network (EDN) promotes environmental citizenship and year round progressive
 action worldwide. Earth Day Network is a driving force steering
 environmental awareness around the world. Through Earth Day Network,
 activists connect, interact, and impact their communities, and create
 positive change in local, national, and global policies. EDN's
 international network reaches over 12,000 organizations in 174 countries,
 while the domestic program keeps over 3,000 groups and over 100,000
 educators coordinating millions of community development and environmental
 protection activities throughout the year. As a result, Earth Day is the
 only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all
 backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a half billion people
 participate in its campaigns every year.
 
 SOURCE Communication Technologies, Inc. (COMTek), Chantilly, VA.; Earth Day