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BASCOM's Linux-based "Internet Quick-Connect" Application Provides Small Business with Big Business Connectivity

BASCOM launches small business program with release of drop-in, thin server appliance application - bringing built-in DSL and broadband routing to small and mid-sized business networks.

Hauppauge, NY - September 29, 1999—BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. (BASCOM), a pioneering developer of Linux-based Internet applications, today announces the 2.2 release of Internet Quick-Connect (IQ2)?, a "plug and play" network connectivity solution designed to provide small business with robust, big business performance while offering the quick set-up features that distinguish BASCOM's family of Linux-based thin server applications. BASCOM's IQ2 integrates a pre-configured firewall and proxy cache as well as full routing capability for DSL, broadband cable, and leased line access, while offering hands-off services including automatic upgrades and configuration back-ups. The result is a complete solution to small business connectivity that is so easy to install and configure, it is up and running in under an hour; big business solutions with comparable performance and functionality can take days to implement and require ongoing site maintenance.

"IQ2 enables the booming small business market to compete aggressively in today's Internet economy," said Peter Cirasole, BASCOM President. "Our goal was to provide a big business solution in an easy-to-use, small business package that pays immediate dividends."

BASCOM's Quick-Connect Small Business Solutions? Program
With the release of IQ2 version 2.2, BASCOM introduces Quick-Connect Small Business Solutions, a program designed to serve the specific needs and objectives of the small business market. The program makes the IQ2 available through hardware manufacturers using it as the "engine" for small business Internet appliances, as well as value-added resellers and ISPs with a small business focus.

"We were approached by an accounting firm with a staff of 50 looking for a firewall, proxy caching, and a routing solution to implement along with DSL access," said Scott Doniger, CTO of JAM Systems, Chicago-based systems integrators specializing in the small business market. "We selected the IQ2 for its complete integration of these features, in addition to its ease-of-use. With the IQ2, you drop it in, turn it on, and you're online. There are few businesses which subject new technology to more stringent criteria than a small accounting practice. My clients were delighted with the product's performance. If you can make a small accounting firm happy, you're doing something right."

Invision.com Inc., a leading New York regional ISP and Web development company, plans to provide a co-branded IQ2 product to their DSL customers. "IQ2 offers the perfect entry point into the DSL market," said Eric Manno, Invision's Chief Operations Officer. "It will enable us to provide our clients with security, connectivity, and convenience as part of a complete solution for high-performance, DSL Internet access."

Companies seeking additional information on BASCOM's Quick-Connect Small Business Solutions and the IQ2 can call 1-888-92-BASCOM, or visit BASCOM on the Web at www.bascom.com

About the Global Chalkboard

BASCOM's Global Chalkboard is an innovative and flexible teaching tool that uses the Internet for learning. The Global Chalkboard provides immediate access to educational Web sites and builds Web-enriched lessons mapped to curriculum goals and state standards.

The Global Chalkboard is both flexible and easy to use. It offers a novice user immediate access to educational sites with the Web Library; it offers an intermediate user prepackaged, ready-to-use BASCOM lessons; and it offers an advanced user a method of building their own, web-based lessons using the Global Chalkboard's Lesson Creator.


About BASCOM

BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. is a software development company specializing in curriculum-based, Internet management solutions for K-12 schools. From our beginning in 1996, BASCOM has focused on producing, next-generation, curriculum tools for the K-12 education market.

BASCOM's goal is to help children become successful learners by safely extracting the educational content of the Web. This is accomplished by building Internet teaching tools based on input we've received from K-12 educators. We are constantly adapting our products to meet the changing needs of today's teachers.

BASCOM is a privately held company located in Hauppauge, New York. For more information, visit www.bascom.com
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