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Netopia, Epoch Partner to Promote Access

Netopia Inc. and Epoch Internet recently formed a partnership to promote metered T1 Internet service and routers to value added resellers.

Under the agreement, Netopia will offer its certified VARs the opportunity to become Epoch Certified Internet Agents. ISPs who sign up for the program will be able to offer their small and medium-sized business customers high-speed broadband solutions with Netopia's T1 Routers and Epoch's metered T1 service at reduced rates.

"This new promotion builds on a long and successful relationship between Epoch and Netopia," said Eric Martorano, Epoch Internet's director of channel programs. "Netopia routers have proven very popular with our customers, who appreciate their upgradeability, their ease of use and their array of advanced routing and management features."

Netopia, Inc. is a market leader in providing small, growing businesses with their Internet presence. Netopia developed the world's first SDSL CSU/DSU (Symmetrical Digital Subscriber Line Channel Service Unit/Data Service Unit) earlier this year.

The Netopia hardware allows customers to adopt SDSL as their Internet access technology, while still maintaining their existing routing infrastructure. The no-new-router technology also allows ISPs to use the same provisioning model for SDSL services to their customers.

Epoch's metered T1 service offers small businesses the opportunity to gain in both access speeds and bandwidth usage. The price plan is based on a monthly flat rate and allows users to pay for only the bandwidth they use. The development means that small businesses may now get DSL features in areas where DSL is not yet available.

"We're excited to offer our VARs the opportunity to become Epoch Certified Internet Agents," said Meredith Johnson, Netopia Internetworking Systems director of channel marketing.

"Epoch's Selectpro metered T1 service is a very flexible and cost effective Internet connectivity solution and shows that Epoch shares Netopia's focus on meeting the Internet access needs of small and medium sized businesses."

Epoch offers dedicated Internet access nationwide more than 220 points of presence. Epoch's comprehensive certified Internet agent program also offers brandable Internet services for telecommunications companies.