SOURCE: BlabberMouth PR

March 20, 2007 09:00 ET

BlabberMouth PR and MetroNetIQ Partner to Bundle Broadband With Public Relations for Advancement of Economic and Community Development

AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2007 -- BlabberMouth PR, the only public relations firm to offer its clients 100 percent representation by senior-level practitioners, and MetroNetIQ, a leading metropolitan broadband consultancy company, today announced a new strategic partnership designed to serve economic and community development initiatives in medium and small metropolitan markets. The partnership consists of two major components to benefit these municipalities: differentiating the metropolitan areas with broadband, and then promoting these markets' assets to attract and retain audiences geared toward economic development.

According to the National Forum on Harnessing Science and Technology for America's Economic Future, a special project organized by the National Research Council (NRC), technological change has been, and will continue to be the central driving force behind sustained economic growth in the United States. BlabberMouth PR and MetroNetIQ are working jointly to help communities take advantage of new technological opportunities by providing broadband expertise and guidance and then promoting those assets through media outreach, both to highlight natural amenities and to encourage growth and stability based on the new, improved economic base. The two companies share a unique combination of business network, industry experience, and relevant skills and talents geared to help city leaders adapt and thrive in new market conditions.

"Medium and small communities have as much, or more, of an opportunity to recruit and grow high-tech companies as large metropolitan areas," said John Cooper, president of MetroNetIQ. "Adopting new technology tools like WiFi Mesh and WiMAX and associated new wireless applications and business processes, and adapting to such change will help define these smaller areas as technologically savvy. Couple that with a high quality of living and the community becomes absolutely dynamic."

Continued Cooper, "Governments and businesses in smaller metropolitan areas that take advantage of these new wireless technologies and new business approaches can do so without relying on giant telecom and cable companies. Instead, they enter a new kind of market by joining not only with smaller traditional telecoms and cables but also with newer ISPs and WISPs, leveraging old and new technologies, starting with broadband access, then moving on to digital voice and video. It's a very big win for a community seeking to accelerate growth. Those cities that move first to adopt these technologies will stand out from others as forward-looking, can-do 21st Century digital cities."

After the community engages with MetroNetIQ for broadband, BlabberMouth PR implements a strategic public relations campaign that communicates the area's beneficial assets, creating an opportunity to educate companies and individuals of the value of living and doing business in the area. BlabberMouth PR will deliver solid messages to audiences with the most potential for making positive changes in the region.

"Once a city has laid the groundwork by developing a high technology infrastructure, it's time to create a winning media relations strategy, getting to the heart of the community's agenda and understanding its goals in order to support the society it values," stated Patti D. Hill, CEO / Founder, BlabberMouth PR. "Our senior-level public relations specialists eagerly anticipate positioning metropolitan areas and their unique differentiators to relevant media, thereby giving communities the opportunity to prove their viability in satisfying people's needs and desires for a high quality of life in these areas."

About MetroNetIQ

MetroNetIQ is an industry leader in the new field of metropolitan broadband, offering its clients decades of experience in social networks, government, utilities, and network technologies. As an industry consultant and commentator, MetroNetIQ has worked with a variety of clients, with special emphasis on electric utilities and cities, principal beneficiaries of metropolitan area networks. MetroNetIQ is unique in its focus on community renaissance through broadband technology, and draws on extensive relationships with an array of private and public sector players throughout the industry supply chain, not only in the new municipal wireless industry, but also through a long history in the fixed-wireless AMR field.

For more information, visit the MetroNetIQ blog at www.metronetiq.com.

About BlabberMouth PR

BlabberMouth PR, the only public relations firm to offer its clients 100% representation by senior-level practitioners, specializes in high-intensity public relations activities. Focused on complex industries and issues, the firm's team of professionals combines a sophisticated understanding of business and the media environment with proven public relations and business experience. Distinguished by its demonstrated competencies in national and international media positioning in highly dynamic industries, BlabberMouth enables its clients to strategically accelerate the growth and success of their businesses and communities.

For more information, visit BlabberMouth's web site at www.blabbermouthPR.com.

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