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RMI.NET, Zyan Partner to Provide National DSL Service

National service provider RMI.NET Inc. Monday reached an agreement with Zyan Communications Inc. to deliver digital subscriber line services nationwide.

National broadband services provider Zyan Communications specializes in providing network-based IP services for the business market segment.

The partnership provides and estimated $2.2 million in savings on RMI.NET's national DSL service rollout. As a result of the deal The Denver-based service provider has the ability to offer high-speed Internet access in Zyan's national network of major metropolitan markets.

RMI.NET provides DSL access in major metropolitan service areas covered by deals with US West , Ameritech, SBC Communications Inc. , and smaller city market segments through an agreement with New Edge Networks Inc.

Doug Hanson, RMI.NET chairman and chief executive officer, said the Zyan partnership allows it to cut costs and start serving up broadband access nationwide.

"This partnership with Zyan further enhances RMI.NET's ability to provide DSL service throughout the United States while reducing our cost," Hanson said. "By continuing to add DSL partners, RMI.NET has extended its coverage to well over 400 markets nationwide."

Crosby Haffner, Zyan Communications president and chief operating officer said it's proud to add RMI.NET to its private label partnership program.

"By leveraging our core competency in DSL provisioning and installation, RMI.NET will be able to focus on its e-business applications and allow Zyan to handle the installation and provisioning of DSL lines," Haffner said.

Hanson added the firm intended to utilize the Zyan deal to market its e-commerce sales and services in a bundled access package for clients.

"By continuing to expand our DSL coverage, we feel our Web solution and e-commerce sales will also continue to increase for the foreseeable future," added said.

RMI.NET launched its DSL initiative in September 1999; to date the national service connects businesses with high-speed Internet access through than 4,500 revved-up copper lines.