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Four-Month Old Free ISP Hits 100,000 Subscribers

Free Internet service provider Freei.Net Wednesday announced its subscriber base has grown to more than 100,000.

According to spokesperson Valerie Warren, internal reporting ranks Freei.Net as one of the largest Internet service providers in the US Northwest in just four months.

Launched on early in December 1998, the free access ISP is supported by the sale of regional advertising. Advertisers, through demographic and geographic information gathered when a subscriber signs up for Freei.Net access can specifically target the ads that Freei.Net members receive.

"We've believed out the gate that our business model was original and exactly what national and regional businesses wanted," said Bob McCausland, president and CEO of Freei.Net.

"The fact that so many people have signed up for accounts, leading to so many advertisers buying banner inventory to reach our subscribers, is gratifying and confirms we're doing what people want. It truly is a win-win situation," McCausland said.

Freei.Net initially signed-up about 20,000 subscribers during their first month of operation in the Seattle area and quickly expanded their services into Everett and Tacoma, Washington.

Colony added that based on the successful free access for advertising business model "expansion plans are in process. Freei.Net has plans to be nationwide by mid-summer."