SOURCE: Front Range Internet, Inc.

September 15, 2005 19:32 ET

Front Range Internet Provides Technology Relief

FORT COLLINS, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 15, 2005 --Front Range Internet, Inc. (FRII), one of Colorado's largest Internet service providers, joined a group of technology crusaders to deliver communication infrastructure to Hurricane Katrina evacuees and rescue personnel. Internet access and phone service are allowing evacuees to get in touch with family and rescue personnel to quickly access needed information.

Fort Collins resident, technology guru and Louisiana native Kevin Cupit had been searching for a way to give his time to help Katrina victims. Another local friend who wishes to remain anonymous turned him to a non-profit called RadioResponse (www.radioresponse.org). The group was gathering technology zealots across the US and Canada to deploy wireless networks and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to shelters in Louisiana.

The anonymous party contacted Cupit's own Internet provider, FRII, knowing that the company offered VoIP phone services and looking for a source for Internet phones. Shawna Killen, Director of Sales and Marketing for FRII, received the call around 1 pm on Friday. "We jumped at the opportunity to help and by 5 pm the same day, we had equipment configured and out the door to serve 22 phone lines. I am proud of our people for pulling together quickly as a team not only to arrange the donation but also to configure the gear so rapidly."

FRII arranged for a donation of VoIP licenses from their provider, New Global Telecom (www.ngt.com); the anonymous friend purchased equipment at cost and FRII is donating all other costs associated with using the phones such as long distance and 24x7 support for at least the next 3 months. Cupit loaded up his car and headed to Louisiana Saturday morning. By Tuesday, he and the RadioResponse team had set up a base station in Ponchatoula, LA, just on the northwest side of Lake Pontchartrain. They set up wireless Internet access and plugged in the phones from FRII and were off and running. "Even as a group of technology people, we were amazed that we were able to pull the phones out of the box and just plug them into our network and start making calls," Cupit stated. "We have other VoIP phones here that are wonderful donations but still need configuration in order to use. FRII's donation allowed us to turn up our center without wasting a moment of time."

As of Wednesday afternoon, the group was actively in the field providing communications infrastructure to any shelters they can get access to and that wish to accept it. The Red Cross has asked for their help at their own rescue headquarters in Louisiana as well.

What makes providing phone lines so special? Anyone trying to reach into Louisiana at this time knows that the traditional telecom structure is overloaded. The lines that are left are busy frequently. Cell services are tied up on a near constant basis, asking callers to try at a later time. Because Voice over IP utilizes the Internet to make phone calls, it can increase the available resources in the area, can be put in faster than more traditional infrastructures, and allows greater flexibility and mobility for relocating existing phone numbers.

About Front Range Internet, Inc.

Front Range Internet, Inc. is among the largest Internet service providers in Colorado, recognized as one of the Fast 50 Growing Technology Companies in the state 3 years in a row. FRII's fully redundant Internet backbone provides access for dialup, DSL, colocation, and dedicated services including DS1, DS3, and Fiber. FRII also offers Voice over IP, web development, web hosting and spam/virus filtering. More information is available at www.frii.com and www.surering.com.

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