ICOA Promotes diBattista to COO

Aug 16, 2005, 01:00 ET from ICOA, Inc.

    WARWICK, R.I., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ICOA, Inc.
 (OTC Bulletin Board:   ICOA), a national provider of broadband Internet networks
 and managed services in high-traffic public locations, announced today that it
 has promoted Dennis diBattista to chief operating officer.
     diBattista has served as vice president, sales, since August 2004.  Since
 then, ICOA's national footprint has grown by more than 215%.
     Rick Schiffmann, CEO of ICOA, said, "Dennis diBattista has been central to
 ICOA's rapid growth, including securing or building out key accounts such as
 Panera Bread and Trump.  I have full confidence in Dennis' abilities to ensure
 that ICOA continues to pursue aggressive organic growth while exceeding the
 operational expectations of our customers."
     diBattista is a seasoned veteran of the competitive local exchange carrier
 industry. He has a strong record of financial performance and communications
 infrastructure installation management, including more than $300 million in
 fiber optic plant, transmission and switching equipment and over 350 miles of
 underground and aerial network construction to his credit over a 10-year
     Prior to joining ICOA, diBattista was a founder and president of QGO, now
 a wholly owned subsidiary of ICOA, Inc.  At QGO, he led the company's growth
 in securing national accounts such as Panera Bread.  Prior to QGO, diBattista
 founded QC2, a provider of contract installation services to Fortune 100
 accounts, generating over $20 million in revenues. Before that, diBattista was
 vice president of operations for Telergy, Inc., where he managed the
 construction of a 300-mile fiber optic network.  He has served as the general
 manager of Brooks Fiber Communications, responsible for the Rhode Island
 subsidiary operations where he oversaw $20 million in capital expenditures.
 diBattista holds an M.B.A. from the University of Rhode Island, an M.A. from
 the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Boston University.
     diBattista said, "I am excited by the challenge of leading the operational
 and sales organizations within the ICOA portfolio of companies, and I plan on
 working aggressively with the growing ICOA team to quickly drive new business
 and install new services. With a concentrated focus on developing strong
 relationships with prospects, customers and suppliers, my goal in the near
 term is to shorten the booking-to-billing cycle and in the long term
 appreciably growing our revenues across all lines of our business."
     About ICOA, Inc.
     ICOA, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:   ICOA) is a national provider of neutral-
 host wireless and wired broadband Internet networks in high-traffic public
 locations.  ICOA provides design, installation, operations, maintenance and
 management of neutral, common-use 802.11x standard WLAN Wi-Fi hot spot and hot
 zone infrastructure throughout airport facilities, quick-service restaurants,
 universities, travel plazas, RV/campgrounds and marinas, hospitality and hot
 zone locations.  ICOA owns or operates over 1,300 broadband access
 installations in high-traffic locations across 45 states.  For additional
 information, visit http://www.icoacorp.com .
     An investment profile about ICOA may be found at
 http://www.hawkassociates.com/icoa/profile.htm .
     For more information, contact ICOA VP of Corporate Development John
 Balbach at (401) 352-2368, e-mail: jbalbach@icoacorp.com .  For investor
 relations, contact Frank Hawkins or Julie Marshall, Hawk Associates,
 (305) 451-1888, e-mail: info@hawkassociates.com . An online investor relations
 kit containing ICOA press releases, SEC filings, current Level II price
 quotes, interactive Java stock charts and other useful information for
 investors can be found at http://www.hawkassociates.com and
 http://www.hawkmicrocaps.com .
     The foregoing contains "forward-looking statements," which are based on
 management's beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future
 events and information currently available to management. Readers are
 cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which
 are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of
 uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside ICOA's control,
 that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. For
 a more detailed description of the factors that could cause such a difference,
 please see ICOA's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. ICOA
 disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
 statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
 otherwise. This information is presented solely to provide additional
 information to further understand the results of ICOA.