Netopia Appoints Industry Veteran Pete Wills to Board of Directors

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Netopia, Inc.

    ALAMEDA, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Netopia, Inc. (Nasdaq:   NTPA), a
 market leader in providing broadband Internet equipment and Web Platforms
 designed for small and medium size enterprises, today announced that
 Harold S. Wills has been appointed to serve on the Netopia Board of Directors.
     Mr. Wills has more than 35 years of experience worldwide in the
 telecommunications and computer services industries.  Most recently, he served
 as director, president and chief operating officer of PSINet, where he held
 various executive positions since April 1996.  Mr. Wills has also held senior
 management positions with Granada Group PLC, Xerox, and IBM.  He earned a
 Master of Science in Business from Columbia University and has lived and
 worked in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, and Italy.
     "We are very pleased that Pete has agreed to join our Board," said
 Alan Lefkof, Netopia's president and CEO.  "He is respected worldwide as an
 industry leader and his extensive experience will make him an important
 contributor to the Board."
     "As a customer, I've had the opportunity to work with Netopia and its
 management team during the past five years," said Mr. Wills.  "Netopia's
 reputation for designing and delivering best-of-breed Internet products and
 superior customer service is well recognized in the industry.  I look forward
 to serving on the Netopia Board as the Company continues to broaden its
 product lines and distribution channels."
     Mr. Wills also was appointed to serve on the Audit Committee of the Board
 of Directors with incumbent directors David Marquardt of August Capital and
 David C. King of Proxim, Inc.
 
     About Netopia
     Netopia, Inc. develops, markets and supports broadband Internet equipment
 and Web Platforms designed for small and medium size enterprises.  Netopia's
 technology platforms enable carriers and service providers to create and offer
 value-added, bundled service offerings for their small and medium size
 enterprise customers.  These bundled service offerings often include DSL
 service bundled with backup, bonding, VPN, voice over DSL, and eSite and
 eStore hosting.
     Netopia's broadband equipment is interoperable with all major central
 office equipment suppliers, including Alcatel, Cisco, Copper Mountain
 Networks, Ericsson, Lucent Technologies, Nokia, Orckit, Paradyne, Siemens, and
 Zhone Technologies.  Netopia has established strategic distribution
 relationships with leading carriers and service providers including BellSouth,
 Covad Communications, Earthlink Network, Everdream, France Telecom, MegaPath
 Networks, Network Telephone, Rhythms NetConnections, Telecom Italia, UUNet,
 Verio, Verizon, and XO Communications.
     Headquartered in Alameda, Calif., Netopia's common stock trades on The
 Nasdaq Stock Market(R) under the symbol "NTPA."  Further information about
 Netopia can be obtained via phone 510-814-5100, fax 510-814-5021 or on the Web
 at www.netopia.com.
 
     Portions of this release include forward-looking statements made pursuant
 to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
 Netopia, Inc.'s actual results could differ materially from the results
 discussed in this release and in the forward-looking statements contained
 herein for many reasons. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking
 statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties, including but not limited
 to product development, product acceptance, licensing opportunities and
 general economic conditions. For more information concerning Netopia and risk
 factors that may affect Netopia's future results and may cause actual results
 to vary from results anticipated in forward-looking statements, investors
 should review Netopia's public filings with the United States Securities and
 Exchange Commission, which are available by calling Netopia at 510-814-5260 or
 online at www.sec.gov.
 
     CONTACT:  Angela Schaefer of Netopia, Inc., 510-814-5309, or
 angelas@netopia.com.
 
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    ALAMEDA, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Netopia, Inc. (Nasdaq:   NTPA), a
 market leader in providing broadband Internet equipment and Web Platforms
 designed for small and medium size enterprises, today announced that
 Harold S. Wills has been appointed to serve on the Netopia Board of Directors.
     Mr. Wills has more than 35 years of experience worldwide in the
 telecommunications and computer services industries.  Most recently, he served
 as director, president and chief operating officer of PSINet, where he held
 various executive positions since April 1996.  Mr. Wills has also held senior
 management positions with Granada Group PLC, Xerox, and IBM.  He earned a
 Master of Science in Business from Columbia University and has lived and
 worked in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, and Italy.
     "We are very pleased that Pete has agreed to join our Board," said
 Alan Lefkof, Netopia's president and CEO.  "He is respected worldwide as an
 industry leader and his extensive experience will make him an important
 contributor to the Board."
     "As a customer, I've had the opportunity to work with Netopia and its
 management team during the past five years," said Mr. Wills.  "Netopia's
 reputation for designing and delivering best-of-breed Internet products and
 superior customer service is well recognized in the industry.  I look forward
 to serving on the Netopia Board as the Company continues to broaden its
 product lines and distribution channels."
     Mr. Wills also was appointed to serve on the Audit Committee of the Board
 of Directors with incumbent directors David Marquardt of August Capital and
 David C. King of Proxim, Inc.
 
     About Netopia
     Netopia, Inc. develops, markets and supports broadband Internet equipment
 and Web Platforms designed for small and medium size enterprises.  Netopia's
 technology platforms enable carriers and service providers to create and offer
 value-added, bundled service offerings for their small and medium size
 enterprise customers.  These bundled service offerings often include DSL
 service bundled with backup, bonding, VPN, voice over DSL, and eSite and
 eStore hosting.
     Netopia's broadband equipment is interoperable with all major central
 office equipment suppliers, including Alcatel, Cisco, Copper Mountain
 Networks, Ericsson, Lucent Technologies, Nokia, Orckit, Paradyne, Siemens, and
 Zhone Technologies.  Netopia has established strategic distribution
 relationships with leading carriers and service providers including BellSouth,
 Covad Communications, Earthlink Network, Everdream, France Telecom, MegaPath
 Networks, Network Telephone, Rhythms NetConnections, Telecom Italia, UUNet,
 Verio, Verizon, and XO Communications.
     Headquartered in Alameda, Calif., Netopia's common stock trades on The
 Nasdaq Stock Market(R) under the symbol "NTPA."  Further information about
 Netopia can be obtained via phone 510-814-5100, fax 510-814-5021 or on the Web
 at www.netopia.com.
 
     Portions of this release include forward-looking statements made pursuant
 to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
 Netopia, Inc.'s actual results could differ materially from the results
 discussed in this release and in the forward-looking statements contained
 herein for many reasons. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking
 statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties, including but not limited
 to product development, product acceptance, licensing opportunities and
 general economic conditions. For more information concerning Netopia and risk
 factors that may affect Netopia's future results and may cause actual results
 to vary from results anticipated in forward-looking statements, investors
 should review Netopia's public filings with the United States Securities and
 Exchange Commission, which are available by calling Netopia at 510-814-5260 or
 online at www.sec.gov.
 
     CONTACT:  Angela Schaefer of Netopia, Inc., 510-814-5309, or
 angelas@netopia.com.
 
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