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Juno Signs Deal with Splitrock to Expand Access

Free-email monolith and Internet provider Juno Online Services Inc. plans to add hundreds of new phone numbers to expand its local access offerings nationwide.

Juno Monday signed a three-year agreement with Splitrock Services Inc. to make additional local Internet access numbers available for connection to Juno online services.

The addition of Splitrock's network will provide local access numbers in many U.S. cities for old and new Juno members, alike. Because Juno has recently begun making available new points of presence from other wholesale network vendors, the acquisition and expansion combine to provide Juno with more than 2,300 POPs nationwide.

The new POPs increase the number of distinct geographic locations where Juno users can access the service with a local call by more than 40 percent, having added more than 400 cities in which Juno did not previously offer local access numbers.

Wendy Rosenberg, Juno vice president of telecommunications, said the system expansion will provider faster access to Juno services because many cites now offer more than one local call connecting point.

"Our agreement with Splitrock will increase ease of access and will help us continue to provide a high-quality service to our subscribers," she said.

"By expanding our network of local access numbers, our goal is to ensure that our members have the quick and affordable access to the Internet they expect from Juno."

Bill Wilson, Splitrock Services president and chief executive office said the deal would help Juno expand upon their existing subscriber base.

"Our access platform expands their reach today and has the capacity to grow with their customer base in the future. We look forward to delivering first-rate service to Juno's customers."

Splitrock reported that the company has nearly completed construction of its nationwide asynchronous transfer mode network. When the ATM-based network is complete, Splitrock will have the ability to provide local call access to 90 percent of U.S. businesses and households.

Juno launched its free Internet email in April 1996 and currently provides services to more than 7 million members in the U.S. Juno derives its revenues primarily through the sale of targeted interactive advertising and through direct sale of Internet access and additional products to its subscribers.