Free-email monolith and Internet provider Juno Online Services
Inc. plans to add hundreds of new phone numbers to expand its local
access offerings nationwide.
Juno Monday signed a three-year agreement
with Splitrock Services Inc. to
make additional local Internet access numbers available for connection to
Juno online services.
The addition of Splitrock’s network will provide local access numbers in
many U.S. cities for old and new Juno members, alike. Because Juno has
recently begun making available new points of presence from other wholesale
network vendors, the acquisition and expansion combine to provide Juno with
more than 2,300 POPs nationwide.
The new POPs increase the number of distinct geographic locations where
Juno users can access the service with a local call by more than 40
percent, having added more than 400 cities in which Juno did not previously
offer local access numbers.
Wendy Rosenberg, Juno vice president of telecommunications, said the system
expansion will provider faster access to Juno services because many cites
now offer more than one local call connecting point.
“Our agreement with Splitrock will increase ease of access and will help us
continue to provide a high-quality service to our subscribers,” she said.
“By expanding our network of local access numbers, our goal is to ensure
that our members have the quick and affordable access to the Internet they
expect from Juno.”
Bill Wilson, Splitrock Services president and chief executive office said
the deal would help Juno expand upon their existing subscriber base.
“Our access platform expands their reach today and has the capacity to grow
with their customer base in the future. We look forward to delivering
first-rate service to Juno’s customers.”
Splitrock reported that the company has nearly completed construction of
its nationwide asynchronous transfer mode network. When the ATM-based network is complete, Splitrock will have the
ability to provide local call access to 90 percent of U.S. businesses and
Juno launched its free Internet email in April 1996 and currently provides
services to more than 7 million members in the U.S. Juno derives its
revenues primarily through the sale of targeted interactive advertising and
through direct sale of Internet access and additional products to its subscribers.