After shutting down last August, Ricochet Networks reemerges to offer its high-speed, wire-free Internet service in the city and county of Denver

August 16, 2002

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DENVER -- Ricochet Networks, Inc. (RNI) has re-launched the Ricochet® high-speed wire-free Internet service to consumers today in Denver. As part of a public/private partnership with the city and county of Denver, RNI has given the city modems and service in exchange for the opportunity to jointly develop and deploy Ricochet-based municipal and public safety applications. The service is now available to consumers and businesses throughout Denver for $44.95 per month -- even in neighborhoods where high-speed access is not available via local phone or cable companies. Denver's Mayor Wellington E. Webb said, "We're proud that Denver is the first city in the nation to re-launch the Ricochet service for consumers. We've been testing it since February and we feel it's a communications tool that holds great potential for the city. This next year will enable us to test out applications like high-speed access in police patrol cars or the fire department can pull up site plans en route to a fire, paramedics can access health records and emergency room availability while they're responding to an accident."Ricochet is the fastest mobile wireless data network in the world with typical speeds of 176 kbps and higher. The network has the potential to allow public safety workers to download large files such as mug shots, photographs, building plans and geographical information system data, live.Under previous ownership, the Ricochet network had been built in 21 cities and had more than 51,000 subscribers. Shut down last August, the Ricochet intellectual property and certain assets were acquired by RNI in November 2001. RNI is currently in active negotiations with municipalities, private landlords and resellers to reactivate the network and sell the service in other U.S. cities following the Denver launch.Ricochet Networks, Inc.

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