SkyFrames Links Alaskan Town

Remote Alaskan community of Coffman Cove 'plugged in' to the Internet with SkyFrames' wireless satellite broadband system

June 19, 2003

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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- SkyFrames, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SKYU), a provider of low-cost, highly secure satellite broadband Internet services, is very pleased to announce that the Company has completed the infrastructure installation of its integrated satellite wireless Internet solution in the rural community of Coffman Cove, Alaska. Coffman Cove is a community of 200 residents located 250 miles south of Juneau on Prince of Wales Island. Deployment of the SkyFrames' Satellite system infrastructure from inception to "plug in" was completed in 7 days. SkyFrames' solution now provides the citizens, businesses and city government entities; including the public library, administration building, and business training center, with a broadband pipe to the worldwide web.

Prior to the installation of SkyFrames' Wireless Satellite System, citizens of Coffman Cove wanting access to the Internet had to call long distance via a slow dial-up connection. Under this scenario, a single email could take up to 10 minutes to download. This method was very costly, frustrating and limited. In April 2003, citizens of Coffman Cove voted overwhelmingly to utilize municipal funds to create their own Municipal ISP. As a result of the installation, Coffman Cove now has access to T1 equivalent broadcast speeds across the SkyFrames' Satellite System," stated Ed Bukstel, Vice President, Marketing of SkyFrames. "In the near future, they will also have VoIP telephone and web conferencing features added. Aside from the technology component, the logistical and human effort was phenomenal. The installation team arrived in Coffman Cove via jet, barge, ferry, and seaplane from Philadelphia, Iowa, Wisconsin, and California. When the nearest hardware store is 130 miles away, you have to prepare for anything," Bukstel further stated.

"We are very pleased to bring the beautiful remote community of Coffman Cove into the broadband arena," stated Jim France, CEO of SkyFrames. "At a time when communities around the country are developing new product and service offerings via the Internet, broadband service is an important economic and educational enabling factor. SkyFrames believes the residents of Coffman Cove will now be bringing their contribution to the digital marketplace through the SkyFrames System," France further stated.

"We are very pleased with the installation of SkyFrames' wireless network in Coffman Cove," stated Elaine Price, City Administrator. "There were many people that said it couldn't be done, but SkyFrames did it."

The SkyFrames Satellite Broadband Service is a combination of wireless connectivity solutions that includes 802.11 and omni-directional radio frequency antennas. In the Coffman Cove ISP, each subscriber will receive their own IP address and will be responsible for paying monthly broadband charges. Additional network subscribers have already expressed interest and will be signing up during the next few weeks. Other potential subscribers include ferryboats and fishing vessels that pass Coffman Cove. The wireless broadband signal is projected from Prince of Wales Island into a popular commercial waterway.

Americans living in rural areas are lagging behind the national average in computer and Broadband Internet access, regardless of income level. As a result, the Federal Government is taking a substantial step to help rural communities receive broadband access.

A government delegation composed of Senator Ted Stevens, Governor Frank Murkowski, and Representative Don Young recently visited the Coffman Cove. This Community has taken a proactive approach to bringing broadband to its citizens, the fishery, the public library and the city's Postal Service.

The Federal Government, under the United States Department of Agriculture, recently launched the Rural Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. The Federal Government has made available $1.4 billion in loans and loan guarantees to provide broadband services in rural communities.

Alaska is made up of approximately 300 rural communities such as Coffman Cove. With Coffman Cove on-line, other rural Alaskan communities now have access to Federal resources, as well as a working model to create their own ISP utilizing SkyFrames' Satellite Broadband Services.

SkyFrames Inc.

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