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RMI.NET Gets ePowered with Enron

National convergent communications company RMI.NET, Inc. Thursday partnered with Enron Communications Inc. to provide broadband e-commerce solutions for their clients just in time for the holiday sales season.

ECI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Enron Corp. (ENE), introduced their ePowered solution program for Internet service providers last week at ISPCON in San Jose, Calif. The program allows partners to offer high-speed e-commerce services including broadcast-quality streaming video and video conferencing over the Internet.

Douglas H. Hanson, RMI (RMII) chairman and chief executive officer, said that ECI's next generation roadband offering would help RMI grow their core e-commerce business services.

"Enron, through its proprietary Enron Intelligent Network and embedded software intelligence, will provide us with unparalleled quality of service and the ability to grow these product offering to our customers," Hanson said.

As a part of the program, RMI will connect directly to the Enron Intelligent Network, rather than over the public Internet. The direct connection provides a platform for high quality service, low latency and scalability to meet mission critical e-commerce bandwidth needs.

Joe Hirko, Enron Communications president and chief executive officer, said that by becoming an ePowered partner, RMI would be able to offer its customers superior quality streaming video services.

"We can offer the speed and quality that others cannot match, because we have built a pure IP network that provides a broad overlay to the public Internet to eliminate any bottlenecks," Hirko said. "This provides for higher capacity and better transmission quality."

ECI's ePowered program operates on a shared revenue model with their partners. RMI is not at liberty to disclose revenue sharing details of their partnership with ECI. The program also offers joint sales, marketing and network integration services.

Hanson said that the ePowered program lets RMI differentiate their e-commerce services from other nationals ISPs and offers a unique broadband delivery solution.

"Today's announcement enhances everything that we're doing to provide high-speed e-commerce soultions at RMI.NET," Hanson said. "It's ciritical to differentiate ourselves from the other 7,000 ISPs in the U.S. Using Enron's intelligent network gives us speed, speed, speed, and provides a streaming video option to cable modem services."

The Enron Intelligent Network is based on a pure Internet Protocol strategy with fiber and satellite distribution through embedded software intelligence. The energy company offshoot offers their ePowered services to select Internet service providers nationwide.

Enron currently has connectivity in place to offer broadband access and high-quality, television quality video over the Internet to more than 25 million desktops and more than 500 points of presence throughout the U.S.

Enron serves major markets nationwide with 12 points of presence in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, San Jose and Los Angeles.