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RMI.NET Extends East Operations

RMI.NET Inc. extended their operations to the Big Apple Thursday when the New York Metro Library Council tapped the Denver-based access provider for high-speed Internet access and application services for five years.

The library evaluated RMI.NET and local Internet service providers on performance-based issues in order to award the contract.

Steven Eschbach, RMI.NET vice president of investor relations, credits their selection on quality of service.

"In terms of accomplishment, this is big," Eschbach said. "We were among four local ISPs competing for this contract. It was pleased with our connection times and they were happy with our technical support."

Esbach added that the deal is a big accomplishment for RMI.NET because it allows the provider to serve Internet access to renowned institutions like the Museum of Modern Art and New York Department of Health.

RMI.NET plans to extend its current sales forces located in Denver and Chicago to New York City.

Douglas H. Hanson, RMI.NET chairman and chief executive officer, said the firm is pleased to enter the highly competitive market in New York.

"RMI.NET is proud to have penetrated one of the toughest high-tech markets in the nation," Hanson said. "There is enormous potential for us to collaborate with public organizations, helping them provide technology solutions to their patrons."

Because of the organizations' non-profit status, the institutions were granted discounts for Internet services through the federal government's E-rate Program.

Under an extension of the Universal Service Fund, U.S. public and private schools, libraries, and rural health care providers are eligible to seek federal funds to subsidize telecommunications services.

For every $1 spent on computer and Internet connectivity by the organizations, 20 cents is paid by E-rate funds.

The library council is a non-profit organization of 268 academic, hospital, public and special libraries throughout the five boroughs of New York and Westchester County.