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BASCOM's "Instant-On" Technology Puts Small Business on the DSL Fast Track, Providing Secure, High Performance Connectivity - Immediately

Company's novel "Value Added ISP Program" enables providers to offer small business an out-of-the-box "big business connectivity" solution, while facilitating DSL access upon availability.


Hauppauge, NY - June 27, 2000—BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. (BASCOM), pioneering developers of thin server productivity solutions for small business, today announces its "Instant-On" technology, designed to give small business secure, high-performance Internet access-immediately-while they wait for their Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) to be turned-on. "Instant-On" is integrated into BASCOM's flagship connectivity solution, IQ2 NetConnect, which provides universal Internet access (from dial-up to broadband), a pre-configured firewall and a Web cache system for optimum performance. IQ2 NetConnect is remotely administered and upgraded, making it a hassle-free "drop-in, turn-on" solution ideal for small business. Now, through "Instant-On," IQ2 NetConnect offers both immediate productivity benefits and an easy migration path to DSL.

"To the extent that high-speed Internet access levels the playing field for small and big business, DSL represents a real opportunity to aggressive, dynamic companies looking for a competitive advantage. As the DSL roll-out continues erratically, our "Instant-On" technology gives small business bigger bang for their existing bandwidth, while providing them with the infrastructure to immediately leverage the benefits of DSL as soon as it becomes available," said BASCOM President Peter Cirasole. "From an ISPs standpoint, the IQ2's 'Instant-On' feature delivers value as soon as it's plugged in. Our Value Added ISP Program enables ISPs to evolve their business models by broadening their service offerings and customer-base, while increasing the value of their company."

With the IQ2's "Instant-On" feature, small business networks are up-and-running with secure, high-performance Internet access even before a DSL line is provisioned. "Instant-On" also eases "access migration," from dial-up to DSL, or to whatever access method becomes available. Small business owners can instantly tap the power of the Internet without any of the attendant security headaches; Value Added ISPs now have a chief differentiator, a means of maximizing the value of their installed base as well as growing that base, extending the customer lifecycle by facilitating access migration and providing a clear path to the ISPs hosted services.

"DSL represents a real opportunity for aggressive companies looking for a competitive edge. With the 'Instant-On' feature of the IQ2, we realized immediate productivity gains while having the infrastructure in place to leverage the benefits of DSL as soon as it became available," says Tim Sherman, Partner of Cohen, Greve & Company P.C., a New York-based accounting firm.

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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