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 AlphaNet and Darwin Networks Providing No-Cost Solution to Equip Hotels with Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Internet Connectivity
 
RAMSEY, NJ, June 22, 1999 - AlphaNet Hospitality Systems Inc., the leading supplier of business traveler services to the hospitality industry, today announced the establishment of a partnership with Louisville, Kentucky-based Darwin Networks, Inc., to offer hotels InnConnect high-speed connectivity to the Internet using Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technologies.

The partnership, effective immediately, will, at no cost, equip hotels with high-speed Internet access in guest and meeting rooms. InnConnect utilizes best-of-the-breed technology, including products from Elastic Networks and TUT Systems and routers from Cisco Systems. The AlphaNet/Darwin Networks Partnership provides complete turnkey solutions to hotels, including InnConnect equipment and infrastructure, a 24-hour/7 day per week call center, along with a revenue sharing program.

InnConnect will provide hotel guests with the same fast and reliable Internet connection that they are accustomed to having in their offices, and which cannot be achieved via a dial-up connection with a dataport. Moreover, InnConnect takes the unprecedented stress off hotels' PBX systems that dial-up connections create, and that leads to both guest dissatisfaction and higher hotel operating costs.
“Our relationship with Darwin and the launch of InnConnect, coupled with our recent introduction of InnPhone, our hotel cordless telephone, further strengthens our position as an evolving leader in providing business travelers with the technology and services they require,” said Mark Holzberg, President & CEO of AlphaNet Hospitality Systems. Holzberg added, “Our range of product offerings including InnFax, InnConnect, InnPhone and our unattended hotel business center, The Office , makes us a powerful partner for our hotel customers and the business travelers we serve.”

AlphaNet thoroughly evaluated high-speed in-room connectivity technologies and service providers, and believes Darwin, with its long-term vision and solid financial backing from venture capitalists, as well as their extensive broadband technology expertise, will make our partnership and InnConnect the leading high-speed Internet service in the industry.

About Darwin Networks
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the company was founded by executives from the telecommunications, data networking and Internet Service Provider industries, with extensive experience in broadband deployment. In addition to the hospitality industry, the company also provides Internet service to owners of apartments, office buildings as well as telephone companies. The companies is held by Broadband Solutions LLC, Louisville, Kentucky. Broadband’s investors include Chrysalis Ventures of Louisville, Kentucky. Investor Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures of Seattle also holds a significant interest in Darwin Networks. Darwin Networks presently has agreements in place or in progress to launch service in approximately 180 locations.

About AlphaNet 
AlphaNet Hospitality Systems Inc., founded in 1992, is the leading supplier of business and connectivity solutions to the hospitality industry. Among AlphaNet’s offering are: InnFaxâ , the in-room facsimile service operating in over 450 hotels (70,000 hotel rooms); The OfficeÔ , a 24-hour unattended business center that is installed in over 50 hotels around the country and, over the next several months, will be installed in an additional 50 hotels; and InnPhoneâ , a two-line cordless phone designed especially for hotel rooms. For more information contact Mark Holzberg at 201.327.4700, mark.holzberg@alphanet.net or visit www.alphanet.net

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Contact:
Rick Keating 
Keating Communications 
973.376.9300 
rick@keatingpr.com 
 
Also See: Marc Hughes Appointed VP of Sales at Wayport / June 1999 

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