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Riptide to Supply DSL Access to Canadian ISPs, Carriers

Riptide Communications plans to use advanced DSL technology to enable Canadian ISPs and carriers to offer affordable, high-speed Internet service to their small and medium-sized business customers.

"Riptide's approach is unique in Canada," said Philip Bates, Riptide Communications' president and CEO. He said that demand for high-speed Internet access is exploding, yet many smaller businesses across the country cannot get affordable access to the critical service.

Bates added that Riptide plans to co-locate DSL equipment in approximately 300 telephone company offices across the country, covering 75 percent of the Canadian population. It will provide only high-speed access services, servicing only ISPs and carriers in Canada, and it will be guided operationally in the slogan of simplicity and low cost, according to Riptide.

"Our independence from major telephone companies will make us an attractive DSL provider for ISPs and carriers alike," Bates said.

Riptide Communications is Canadian owned and controlled venture focused on making affordable high-speed Internet access available to small and medium-sized businesses. It has registered with the CRTC as a Canadian carrier, and has also applied to the CRTC for registration as a CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier).