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Ramp Networks, IBM Seal Partnership

Ramp Networks Inc. Monday sealed a deal with IBM Corp. for the computer giant to use its Internet sharing technology.

Ramp's technology allows home users to have shared Internet access to more than one computer. Households with only one phone line can have more than one computer connected to the Internet simultaneously.

Mary E. Walker, general manager of IBM Home Networking, said the deal will make it easier for consumers to enjoy all the Internet has to offer.

"One of our goals is to make it simple for consumers to tap into the potential of the Internet and allow them to easily and inexpensively share multiple Internet connections," she said.

Mahesh Veerina, Ramp's president and chief executive officer, said the partnership will help families which find it difficult to accommodate everyone who wants to use the Internet.

"Everyone in the family will be able to access the Internet simultaneously without adding extra modems and phone lines. It's exciting to see IBM delivering the Internet sharing technology we developed for small businesses and remote offices into the consumer and home office market," he said.