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ZipLink, DirectWeb Partner to Offer PCs With Internet Access

Internet service provider ZipLink, LLC Monday entered into an agreement with DirectWeb, Inc. to provide national Internet access services for DirectWeb's comprehensive computing and Internet solution.

DirectWeb, which debuted its services March 31 in the Philadelphia area, offers its customers a personal computer complete with Internet access. The company said it will provide 25,000 PCs to subscribers in Philadelphia in exchange for customers signing up for ZipLink's Internet service. Pricing ranges from $19.95-$49.95 per month.

Roll-outs in additional markets are scheduled for the second quarter, followed by an anticipated national roll-out later this year.

DirectWeb provides full-functioning Windows 98-based PCs with a minimum configuration of an Intel Celeron 333 MHz chip. A 56kbps modem is also included, and its agreement with ZipLink allows for unlimited Internet access by DirectWeb customers. The computers are provided for the length of the customer's contract, and must be returned if cancelled, the firm said.

"It is extremely important for DirectWeb to deliver a seamless, quick and easy Internet experience to our subscribers," said Dennis Cline, president and chief executive officer of DirectWeb.

"Our services allow DirectWeb the ability to take advantage of ZipLink's national infrastructure by transparently connecting DirectWeb users to our network," added Christopher Jenkins, president of ZipLink.

"This service is a high-quality, cost effective alternative to building and maintaining a high-performance TCP/IP network."