Taps Akamai to Speed Ad Distribution

Direct marketing firm Thursday partnered
with Akamai Technologies to improve the
speed at which it delivers ads to its network of more than 4,000 Web sites. also plans to combine its technology with Akamai’s
EdgeAdvantage platform, a new platform that builds on Akamai’s core
products. The alliance comes out of both companies’ involvement in the
Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP) initiative.

Advertising companies, including most of the firms in the CMGI portfolio, have been teaming up with
Akamai to combat the slowdowns caused by a more-crowded Web. These problems
will only become more critical as companies try to push more and more
content through the pipes in a broadband world.

“We have seen tremendous increases in ad content delivery speed using
Akamai’s FreeFlow service, and customer response rates have risen
accordingly as Web site visitors receive relevant content immediately,”
says John Ferber, co-founder and chief Internet officer of

“With a track record of mutual growth and success, our alliance and dual
involvement in the ICAP Forum positions both companies to fully enable and
harness the possibilities of the coming broadband environment.”

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