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Vertex Network Solutions Breaks The T-1 Price Barrier

Press release from the issuing company

NEW YORK, NY -- March 13, 2003 -- Vertex Network Solutions Inc. today announced a marketing alliance with Backbone Communications Inc. (BBCCOM) to provide dedicated T-1 service at historically low prices to small and mid-size companies. Vertex's "New Generation Network Service" extends Vertex's V-TotalSM managed service offering -- a set of technologies and services developed for Internet-based collaboration. This includes the ability to securely transfer large files over the Internet, at a very affordable price. Vertex CEO Graham Murray said "The New Generation Network Service can combine voice, data and Internet Access, which costs less and is easier for companies to support. Affordable Internet Access is necessary and especially relevant for customers who want to upgrade to dedicated T-1 speed from their existing service, or who don't have enough bandwidth with their current Internet connection to use it simultaneously for file transfer. Customers may also want to switch purely for cost savings: The new Vertex service saves business customers 50% - 70%." Current Promotional Offer: Vertex customers and prospective customers will receive an offer from BBCOM in the mail for this promotion, which will also be advertised on Vertex's website. The offer is available in all 42 metro areas where BBCOM provides services. Details: -- This service costs $498 per month for a full T-1 (dedicated)circuit with Tier1 Internet Access and unlimited usage. Locall loop fees are included. A one-time Installation fee is $250. Minimum commitment period is one year. Geographic restrictions apply; -- Major metro areas include: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miaami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC.