EarthLink Launches The City Of Anaheim Municipal Wireless Network

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

For Residents, Visitors, Businesses and City Employees

Company Also Announces First National Wholesale Partnerships



Jun 29, 2006, 01:00 ET from EarthLink

    ATLANTA and ANAHEIM, Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today,
 EarthLink (Nasdaq:   ELNK), the nation's next generation Internet service
 provider (ISP), officially launched its first municipal Wi-Fi broadband
 network in the City of Anaheim. Curt Pringle, the Mayor of Anaheim, will
 officially 'unwire' the City at a wire cutting ceremony beginning at 11:00
 a.m., PT this morning.
     This portable, wireless service will provide inexpensive, high-speed
 Internet access for the City's residents, businesses, visitors and
 municipal employees.
     "The days when Anaheim residents, workers and visitors are tied to a
 desk to access an affordable broadband network are coming to an end," said
 Garry Betty, president and chief executive officer of EarthLink. "The
 launch of this network enables people to make a choice about how, and from
 where, they want to access the Internet securely."
     "EarthLink has always focused on providing the tools and services that
 allow our customers to personalize their Internet experiences. The launch
 of this municipal Wi-Fi network in Anaheim is the latest proof-point that
 we are delivering on that vision," Betty added.
     "Anaheim has always been recognized as a leader throughout California
 and the nation. Today, with the launch of this network, Anaheim becomes the
 largest city in the United States to deploy such a technological
 advancement," Mayor Curt Pringle said. "Our partnership with EarthLink will
 benefit residents, businesses and visitors, allowing them to conduct
 business, answer emails, do school research or interact with our virtual
 City Hall anywhere and any time in Anaheim."
     EarthLink Wi-Fi
     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 - EarthLink Wi-Fi(SM).
     For $21.95 a month, subscribers receive all the products and support
 they 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). Qualifying customers also receive a Wi-Fi
 modem for at- home use.
     For occasional use customers, EarthLink offers a wireless broadband
 service with rates ranging from $3.95 for a one-hour pass to $15.95 for a
 three-day pass. 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.
     Further, this network operates under an 'open access' business model,
 so that multiple, competing providers can offer their services to consumers
 and businesses along with EarthLink's products and services. For
 Anaheim-based small businesses, EarthLink's wireless network will provide
 an affordable alternative for business-class broadband connectivity, with
 speeds comparable to existing T-1 solutions.
     In conjunction with its commitment to open access, EarthLink today
 announced its first national wholesale partners that will offer service to
 their customers on EarthLink's municipal Wi-Fi network. These partners are
 PeoplePC (EarthLink's wholly-owned subsidiary) and DirecTV. In addition,
 EarthLink has reached a non-binding agreement with AOL and is discussing
 ways to offer its AOL.com content and Web assets on EarthLink's municipal
 network.
     EarthLink also plans to partner with local ISP's that want to provide
 Wi-Fi service in their respective markets, or across the country in other
 EarthLink Municipal Wi-Fi markets.
     Network Technology
     The official launch celebrates the Wi-Fi build out of Anaheim, which is
 on schedule to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2006. Consumers can
 visit www.EarthLink.net/wifi and provide their phone number and address to
 see if the network has been built out in their area. If unavailable, he or
 she will be added to a waiting list and will be notified when the service
 is available.
     EarthLink has deployed Tropos Networks' (http://www.tropos.com)
 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 equipment.
     "The Tropos MetroMesh architecture is the ideal platform on which to
 build EarthLink's next generation broadband delivery services," said Ron
 Sege, President and CEO of Tropos Networks. "Ours is the only wireless
 broadband technology that is scalable and intelligent enough to enable
 EarthLink's nationwide Wi-Fi plans."
     Taste of Anaheim
     To kick-off the launch of the network, EarthLink is one of tonight's
 11th annual Taste of Anaheim sponsors. Consumers interested in trying out
 the network will be able to do so from on-premises laptops. In addition,
 consumers can sign up for service at the event.
     For more information on EarthLink Wi-Fi, please go to:
     http://www.earthlink.net/wifi.
     For more information on Taste of Anaheim, please go to:
     http://www.tasteofanaheim.com.
     For more information on the Unwiring of Anaheim media event, please go to:
     http://www.earthlink.net/anaheim/press.
     For EarthLink's Podcast about the launch of the Anaheim network, please
 go to: http://www.earthlink.net/about/.
     For more information on EarthLink's Municipal Networks business unit,
 please go to: http://www.earthlink.net/muni.
     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 www.EarthLink.net.
     About Anaheim
     Founded in 1857, the City of Anaheim is one of the nation's premier
 municipalities and California's 10th most populous city. As the oldest and
 largest city in Orange County, Anaheim covers 50 square miles, with more
 than 345,000 residents and 2,077 employees. The municipal corporation's
 annual budget is $1.298 billion. The city boasts world-class organizations
 such as the Anaheim Angels, Boeing, CKE Restaurants, Inc., L-3
 Communications, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Pacific Sunwear and The Walt
 Disney Company and the USA Men's National Volleyball team. Annually,
 Anaheim also welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it
 where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please
 visit www.anaheim.net
     About Tropos Networks, Inc.
     Tropos Networks is the market leader for metro-scale, Wi-Fi mesh
 network systems. Our mission is to enable wireless broadband access
 everywhere for everyone through innovative, low-cost and simple products,
 software tools and services. We have deployed larger and longer-operating
 systems in more municipalities than any other company in our industry. Our
 unique expertise includes high-performance mesh software development, mesh
 RF engineering, metro-scale network planning, deployment and optimization,
 and navigating the municipal approval process. Tropos Networks is
 headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, please visit
 www.tropos.com, call 408-331-6800 or write to info@tropos.com.
 
 

SOURCE EarthLink
    ATLANTA and ANAHEIM, Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today,
 EarthLink (Nasdaq:   ELNK), the nation's next generation Internet service
 provider (ISP), officially launched its first municipal Wi-Fi broadband
 network in the City of Anaheim. Curt Pringle, the Mayor of Anaheim, will
 officially 'unwire' the City at a wire cutting ceremony beginning at 11:00
 a.m., PT this morning.
     This portable, wireless service will provide inexpensive, high-speed
 Internet access for the City's residents, businesses, visitors and
 municipal employees.
     "The days when Anaheim residents, workers and visitors are tied to a
 desk to access an affordable broadband network are coming to an end," said
 Garry Betty, president and chief executive officer of EarthLink. "The
 launch of this network enables people to make a choice about how, and from
 where, they want to access the Internet securely."
     "EarthLink has always focused on providing the tools and services that
 allow our customers to personalize their Internet experiences. The launch
 of this municipal Wi-Fi network in Anaheim is the latest proof-point that
 we are delivering on that vision," Betty added.
     "Anaheim has always been recognized as a leader throughout California
 and the nation. Today, with the launch of this network, Anaheim becomes the
 largest city in the United States to deploy such a technological
 advancement," Mayor Curt Pringle said. "Our partnership with EarthLink will
 benefit residents, businesses and visitors, allowing them to conduct
 business, answer emails, do school research or interact with our virtual
 City Hall anywhere and any time in Anaheim."
     EarthLink Wi-Fi
     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 - EarthLink Wi-Fi(SM).
     For $21.95 a month, subscribers receive all the products and support
 they 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). Qualifying customers also receive a Wi-Fi
 modem for at- home use.
     For occasional use customers, EarthLink offers a wireless broadband
 service with rates ranging from $3.95 for a one-hour pass to $15.95 for a
 three-day pass. 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.
     Further, this network operates under an 'open access' business model,
 so that multiple, competing providers can offer their services to consumers
 and businesses along with EarthLink's products and services. For
 Anaheim-based small businesses, EarthLink's wireless network will provide
 an affordable alternative for business-class broadband connectivity, with
 speeds comparable to existing T-1 solutions.
     In conjunction with its commitment to open access, EarthLink today
 announced its first national wholesale partners that will offer service to
 their customers on EarthLink's municipal Wi-Fi network. These partners are
 PeoplePC (EarthLink's wholly-owned subsidiary) and DirecTV. In addition,
 EarthLink has reached a non-binding agreement with AOL and is discussing
 ways to offer its AOL.com content and Web assets on EarthLink's municipal
 network.
     EarthLink also plans to partner with local ISP's that want to provide
 Wi-Fi service in their respective markets, or across the country in other
 EarthLink Municipal Wi-Fi markets.
     Network Technology
     The official launch celebrates the Wi-Fi build out of Anaheim, which is
 on schedule to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2006. Consumers can
 visit www.EarthLink.net/wifi and provide their phone number and address to
 see if the network has been built out in their area. If unavailable, he or
 she will be added to a waiting list and will be notified when the service
 is available.
     EarthLink has deployed Tropos Networks' (http://www.tropos.com)
 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 equipment.
     "The Tropos MetroMesh architecture is the ideal platform on which to
 build EarthLink's next generation broadband delivery services," said Ron
 Sege, President and CEO of Tropos Networks. "Ours is the only wireless
 broadband technology that is scalable and intelligent enough to enable
 EarthLink's nationwide Wi-Fi plans."
     Taste of Anaheim
     To kick-off the launch of the network, EarthLink is one of tonight's
 11th annual Taste of Anaheim sponsors. Consumers interested in trying out
 the network will be able to do so from on-premises laptops. In addition,
 consumers can sign up for service at the event.
     For more information on EarthLink Wi-Fi, please go to:
     http://www.earthlink.net/wifi.
     For more information on Taste of Anaheim, please go to:
     http://www.tasteofanaheim.com.
     For more information on the Unwiring of Anaheim media event, please go to:
     http://www.earthlink.net/anaheim/press.
     For EarthLink's Podcast about the launch of the Anaheim network, please
 go to: http://www.earthlink.net/about/.
     For more information on EarthLink's Municipal Networks business unit,
 please go to: http://www.earthlink.net/muni.
     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 www.EarthLink.net.
     About Anaheim
     Founded in 1857, the City of Anaheim is one of the nation's premier
 municipalities and California's 10th most populous city. As the oldest and
 largest city in Orange County, Anaheim covers 50 square miles, with more
 than 345,000 residents and 2,077 employees. The municipal corporation's
 annual budget is $1.298 billion. The city boasts world-class organizations
 such as the Anaheim Angels, Boeing, CKE Restaurants, Inc., L-3
 Communications, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Pacific Sunwear and The Walt
 Disney Company and the USA Men's National Volleyball team. Annually,
 Anaheim also welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it
 where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please
 visit www.anaheim.net
     About Tropos Networks, Inc.
     Tropos Networks is the market leader for metro-scale, Wi-Fi mesh
 network systems. Our mission is to enable wireless broadband access
 everywhere for everyone through innovative, low-cost and simple products,
 software tools and services. We have deployed larger and longer-operating
 systems in more municipalities than any other company in our industry. Our
 unique expertise includes high-performance mesh software development, mesh
 RF engineering, metro-scale network planning, deployment and optimization,
 and navigating the municipal approval process. Tropos Networks is
 headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, please visit
 www.tropos.com, call 408-331-6800 or write to info@tropos.com.
 
 SOURCE EarthLink