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Concentric Renews WebTV Partnership

Microsoft Corp.'s WebTV Networks Inc. has renewed its agreement with Internet provider Concentric Network Corp. to provide Internet access to owners of the set-top boxes.

The new two-year deal becomes effective Jan. 1. In November, WebTV said Concentric would provide increased dial-up capacity during the holiday season, when the service typically sees a large influx of new subscribers. Concentric has provided dial-up services to WebTV since July 1996. It serves owners of both the WebTV Classic and Plus set-top boxes.

Officials from both companies characterize the deal as a win-win.

"Concentric Network and WebTV Networks have been working closely together for more than two years and we are pleased to continue our relationship into the next century. We are committed to delivering high-performance network connectivity to WebTV-based customers around the country," said Mark Fisher, senior vice president and general manager of Concentric's network services division.

"WebTV Networks is very pleased to renew our relationship with Concentric. Concentric continues to provide high quality and reliable dial-up IP service which benefits our WebTV Network service customers and underpins the successful working relationship we initially established in 1996," said Bill Yundt, vice president of WebTV Networks.