CityNet robots deliver broadband networks through Indianapolis sewers. Klaatu barada nikto!

February 2, 2001

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SILVER SPRING, Md. -- CityNet Telecommunications Inc. today announced an innovative plan that will use robots to install fiber optic cable through sewer pipes in Indianapolis. CityNet is the only company offering this unique approach to solving the problem of how to connect individual buildings to fiber optic networks that typically circle around cities. CityNet's solution allows cities to deploy advanced voice and data services without digging up streets, disrupting traffic or degrading city life with gridlock and noise. In addition, the technology enables cities to transform sewers into revenue-generating assets. Indianapolis is the third U.S. city to sign an agreement with CityNet, joining Albuquerque and Omaha in what is becoming a revolution in the rollout of broadband services. CityNet is negotiating similar agreements with 12 to 15 other American and European cities. The company plans to begin deployment in Indianapolis in April.

"I've been thinking about this problem for a long time... How do you build broadband networks in a city without destroying the existing and valuable concrete and asphalt infrastructure? The answer is sewers - deep, protected and ubiquitous," said Robert G. Berger, CEO of the Silver Spring, Maryland-based CityNet. "It's a simple idea, but revolutionary."

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