EarthLink Wins 2nd Muni WiFi

EarthLink has signed a contract to build the City of Milpitas, Calif.'s WiFi broadband network

March 22, 2006

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ATLANTA -- EarthLink (NASDAQ:ELNK), the nation's next generation Internet service provider (ISP), today announced that it has signed a contract to build the City of Milpitas, California's Wi-Fi broadband network.

The approximately 6.5-square-mile Wi-Fi mesh network will provide affordable, high-speed Internet access for the residents of and visitors to the City of Milpitas. It will also enable municipal employees to work in the field without having to return to an office and a traditional landline to complete their tasks.

"EarthLink's wireless broadband network will help reinforce the City of Milpitas' claim to be the 'Crossroads of Silicon Valley,'" said Donald Berryman, executive vice president of EarthLink and president of the ISP's municipal networks unit. "Our solution will give residents and visitors an affordable way to access the Internet at home or around the City's recently renovated midtown area."

"This municipal wireless network enhances the potential and desirability of Milpitas as a center for business, education and technology in Silicon Valley," said Jose Esteves, Mayor of the City of Milpitas. "I look forward to the day I can say Milpitas is a 'Wi-Fi city.' Thank you EarthLink for helping our citizens look to a brighter future."

As part of its commitment to open access, EarthLink will permit multiple, competing providers to offer their services to consumers and businesses over its network. For small businesses, Milpitas' wireless network will also provide an alternative for broadband connectivity, such as an affordable wireless T-1 solution.

EarthLink Inc. (Nasdaq: ELNK)

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