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Rocky Mountain ISP Strikes Transport Deal

RMI.NET, Inc. Tuesday tapped into a top nationwide fiber backbone provider to allow high-speed transport for its connectivity and e-commerce services.

The deal with Global Crossing Ltd. will cost RMI.NET $46 million over the next five years.

The nationwide fiber network agreement connects RMI.NET to a solid SONET platform that allows the Colorado-based Internet service provider to expand its footprint and increase transport capacity while reducing operating costs.

Doug Hanson, RMI.NET chairman and chief executive officer, said the deal marks another milestone in fulfilling its five-point strategic action plan.

"This agreement upgrades our network not only from a reliability standpoint but also strengthens RMI.NET as a Tier 1 Internet provider," Hanson said.

As a result of the deal with Global Crossing, RMI.NET is able to leverage upgraded connections to major peering points at MAE-East and MAE-West. The connectivity improvement also allows faster connectivity in New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago and other key U.S. cities.

Routing enhancements allow RMI.NET to access additional points of presence in key strategic marketing areas, including its network operating centers in Denver, Seattle, Phoenix, Tucson, San Francisco and Bloomington, Ill.

Brian Fitzpatrick, president of Global Crossing's North American carrier operations, said RIM.NET's aggressive growth plan would proceed with greater efficiency as a result of the agreement.

"We view RMI.NET as a progressive e-commerce business solutions provider," Fitzpatrick said. "It has the expertise small and medium-sized businesses are looking for to commerce-enable their Web presence."

Hanson has captained RMI.NET's ambition to take stock in the firm and reduce operating costs while expanding services. Organic growth goals and improved customer retention rates are key to Hanson's plan to develop RMI.NET's market driven services on a national scale.

RMI.NET is a relatively traditional full service provider whose product mix includes e-business applications, Web design, hosting and marketing services, and high-speed Internet access. The ISP provides dial-up and digital subscriber line services to more than 100,000 customers nationwide.