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Northpark Executive Suite Hotel in Austin Uses Internet Connectivity Provided by Wayport
AUSTIN, TX – April 7, 1999 – Northpark Executive Suite Hotel in Austin announced today that all guest and meeting rooms now have fast, convenient Internet connectivity provided by Wayport.  Business travelers carrying portable personal computers (PCs) can now access the Internet and their company network at T1 speeds - 50 times faster than regular modem speed at Northpark Executive Suite Hotel.

“Because we are located near some of Austin’s leading technology businesses, having fast Internet and network access is a must-have amenity for our corporate travelers,” said Jon Murrell, general manager, Northpark Executive Suite Hotel.  “Northpark has partnered with Wayport to give guests and meeting planner professionals what they want—fast, convenient access to the Internet and their company’s networks.  Having T1-speed connectivity is an important competitive advantage for us.”

Guests at the Northpark Executive Suite Hotel can now experience fast Internet access including quick sending and fast receipt of e-mails with large attachments and local area network-speed access to company networks.  Connectivity is “always on” when the computer is plugged in.  Wayport eliminates busy signals, local access numbers and dial up time.  Guests can access local information about the hotel and Austin by accessing a site-specific Web site.

People can easily connect to this service with a standard Ethernet network interface card in PCs or Macs.  Each guest room and meeting room at Northpark has an Ethernet connection using a standard RJ-45 connector. Once guests initially access this service from their rooms, using the Internet browsers on their PC or Mac, they have unlimited Internet access until check-out time the next day for only $8.95, and $4.95/day after the first five days of connection. 

All meeting rooms come equipped with this fast connectivity as well. Many companies have used this T1-speed connection to accelerate presentations, product demonstrations and company network access.

About Northpark Executive Suite Hotel

Northpark Executive Suite Hotel is an all-suite hotel located at 7685 Northcross Drive in Austin, Texas. With 198 one- and two-bedroom suites, Northpark can accommodate groups and individual business travelers from many of Austin’s high tech companies. 

About Wayport

Wayport, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, provides fast, convenient connectivity for business people on the move. Wayport’s system allows travelers simple access to fast networks. The company is supported by the company’s strategic relationships with major telecommunications carriers and IP providers that create the backbone for fast national connectivity.  Wayport is deploying these services in airports, hotels and conference centers throughout North America. Wayport is venture-financed by Sevin Rosen Funds and Trellis Partners.

Wayport will be exhibiting at HiTech 99 in Atlanta, Georgia at Booth #563, just across from the Microsoft Pavilion.

Wayport and the Wayport logo are trademarks of Wayport, Inc. All other product names may be trademarks of their respective companies.

Dirk Heinen 
Wayport, Inc.
512-481-1542, x579 
Also See: On Command Corporation and Promus Hotel Corporation to Test High-Speed Internet Access
Connectivity Service / Feb 1999 
LodgeNet To Bring Internet Laptop Connectivity to 120 Wingate Inn(R) Hotels / Jan 1999 
Technology: A Guide to Lodging Internet Connectivity / HMM / Russell Shaw / June 1998 

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