FASTNET Provides Wireless Solution for Rome Hospital, To Save Rome Hospital $250,000 and Enable Superior Customer Care

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from FASTNET Corporation

    BETHLEHEM, Pa., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- FASTNET(R) Corporation
 (Nasdaq: FSST), a leading business Internet solutions, web hosting and
 colocation provider, announced today that Rome Memorial Hospital (the
 "Hospital") in upstate New York, has chosen FASTNET's Private Wireless Network
 as a communication solution between Rome's nine building hospital campus.  The
 Private Wireless Network allows Rome Hospital to enjoy faster transmission
 speeds and eliminates costly recurring T-1 access line fees.
     "Until recently, transmitting computer data among the nine buildings that
 make-up Rome Memorial Hospital was a costly proposition.  We were spending
 $40,000 a year on a combination of 56Kbps modems and leased T-1 lines," notes
 Tony Laria, Director of Information Technology for the Hospital.  "In
 addition, our network was unable to satisfy our need to transmit images of
 CAT scans from the main building to an off-site radiation treatment facility.
 We would have needed a dedicated T-1 line just to transmit the scanned
 images," notes Laria.  "And even then, an average-sized image would have taken
 about 10 minutes to download over a T-1.  There had to be a better way, and
 that's where FASTNET came in," adds Laria.
     "Rome Memorial came to us with a request to help them improve their
 inter-building data transmission network and cut down on data transport
 expenses," says Robert Blake, Director of Sales for FASTNET.  "We are able
 to immediately recognize the benefits of FASTNET's Private Wireless Network
 product, and implement a cost saving solution that was more robust than the
 Hospital's previous data network solution," adds Blake.
     FASTNET's Private Wireless Network makes use of radio frequency band known
 as the Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) band.  Because
 the U-NII band is a license-free band, Rome Hospital did not need to pay
 spectrum access fees or seek radio frequency operating licenses.  Moreover,
 FASTNET was able to rapidly deploy a wireless network interconnecting seven of
 the Hospital's buildings without digging up a single street.
     "With most of the expensive leased T-1 lines no longer needed, we estimate
 that the Hospital will recover the total cost of FASTNET's Private Wireless
 Network in approximately 18 months," states Laria.  After that over the next
 five years, Laria conservatively projects the FASTNET Private Wireless Network
 will save Rome Memorial Hospital over $250,000 in telecommunications expense.
     "The Cybertech acquisition is already paying dividends.  The combination
 of their wireless expertise and ours in data communication services is
 allowing us to serve customers in ways beyond our previous reach," adds
 Stephen Hurly, CEO of FASTNET.  "Communication technology continues to advance
 at an unbelievable pace.  FASTNET is a pioneer in utilizing these new
 technologies to meet our customers needs, while always remaining true to world
 class customer care."
 
     About FASTNET Corporation
     During the past six years, the FASTNET(R) has been providing Internet
 solutions to a growing number of customers located in secondary markets in
 the Northeastern United States, where businesses typically find it challenging
 to locate a single source solution for their Internet and data communications
 needs.  FASTNET positions it's sales and marketing efforts using a
 consultative approach that leverages its technical expertise with world-class
 customer care.
     As our customer's reliance on and use of the Internet grows, we believe
 our customers will purchase enhanced products and services in addition to
 Internet access.  These value add products and services include the Company's
 Total Managed Security(TM) (TMS(TM)) product, a cost effective electronic
 security solution that FASTNET monitors and manages 24 hours a day,
 email-based unified messaging, virtual private networks, managed web hosting,
 web design and development and high performance colocation services.
     The Company's common shares are listed on the Nasdaq National Market under
 the symbol "FSST."  For more information on FASTNET, visit the Company's web
 site at www.fast.net or call 1-888-321-FAST.
 
 

SOURCE FASTNET Corporation
    BETHLEHEM, Pa., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- FASTNET(R) Corporation
 (Nasdaq: FSST), a leading business Internet solutions, web hosting and
 colocation provider, announced today that Rome Memorial Hospital (the
 "Hospital") in upstate New York, has chosen FASTNET's Private Wireless Network
 as a communication solution between Rome's nine building hospital campus.  The
 Private Wireless Network allows Rome Hospital to enjoy faster transmission
 speeds and eliminates costly recurring T-1 access line fees.
     "Until recently, transmitting computer data among the nine buildings that
 make-up Rome Memorial Hospital was a costly proposition.  We were spending
 $40,000 a year on a combination of 56Kbps modems and leased T-1 lines," notes
 Tony Laria, Director of Information Technology for the Hospital.  "In
 addition, our network was unable to satisfy our need to transmit images of
 CAT scans from the main building to an off-site radiation treatment facility.
 We would have needed a dedicated T-1 line just to transmit the scanned
 images," notes Laria.  "And even then, an average-sized image would have taken
 about 10 minutes to download over a T-1.  There had to be a better way, and
 that's where FASTNET came in," adds Laria.
     "Rome Memorial came to us with a request to help them improve their
 inter-building data transmission network and cut down on data transport
 expenses," says Robert Blake, Director of Sales for FASTNET.  "We are able
 to immediately recognize the benefits of FASTNET's Private Wireless Network
 product, and implement a cost saving solution that was more robust than the
 Hospital's previous data network solution," adds Blake.
     FASTNET's Private Wireless Network makes use of radio frequency band known
 as the Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) band.  Because
 the U-NII band is a license-free band, Rome Hospital did not need to pay
 spectrum access fees or seek radio frequency operating licenses.  Moreover,
 FASTNET was able to rapidly deploy a wireless network interconnecting seven of
 the Hospital's buildings without digging up a single street.
     "With most of the expensive leased T-1 lines no longer needed, we estimate
 that the Hospital will recover the total cost of FASTNET's Private Wireless
 Network in approximately 18 months," states Laria.  After that over the next
 five years, Laria conservatively projects the FASTNET Private Wireless Network
 will save Rome Memorial Hospital over $250,000 in telecommunications expense.
     "The Cybertech acquisition is already paying dividends.  The combination
 of their wireless expertise and ours in data communication services is
 allowing us to serve customers in ways beyond our previous reach," adds
 Stephen Hurly, CEO of FASTNET.  "Communication technology continues to advance
 at an unbelievable pace.  FASTNET is a pioneer in utilizing these new
 technologies to meet our customers needs, while always remaining true to world
 class customer care."
 
     About FASTNET Corporation
     During the past six years, the FASTNET(R) has been providing Internet
 solutions to a growing number of customers located in secondary markets in
 the Northeastern United States, where businesses typically find it challenging
 to locate a single source solution for their Internet and data communications
 needs.  FASTNET positions it's sales and marketing efforts using a
 consultative approach that leverages its technical expertise with world-class
 customer care.
     As our customer's reliance on and use of the Internet grows, we believe
 our customers will purchase enhanced products and services in addition to
 Internet access.  These value add products and services include the Company's
 Total Managed Security(TM) (TMS(TM)) product, a cost effective electronic
 security solution that FASTNET monitors and manages 24 hours a day,
 email-based unified messaging, virtual private networks, managed web hosting,
 web design and development and high performance colocation services.
     The Company's common shares are listed on the Nasdaq National Market under
 the symbol "FSST."  For more information on FASTNET, visit the Company's web
 site at www.fast.net or call 1-888-321-FAST.
 
 SOURCE  FASTNET Corporation