CHICAGO ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Dec. 11, 2003 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ One of the most difficult aspects of serving in the
United States military ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ especially during the holidays ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ is being separated
from loved ones at home. In response to this challenge, Hostway Corporation, one
of the worldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s largest Web hosting and managed Internet service providers, today
announced an innovative program that uses the power of the Internet to keep
military personnel and their families in touch, regardless of geographical
Effective today, Hostway will offer one year of free Web hosting services to
up to 2,500 U.S. military personnel and their families. This will enable
servicemen and women and their families to post photographs and family messages
to a centrally hosted Web site so they can be viewed any time anywhere.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe see this as a unique opportunity to serve our soldiers and demonstrate
the potential of the Internet,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â says John Lee, Director of Marketing for Chicago
based Hostway Corporation. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œSomeday we think every family will have their own
Web site to share information. We think todayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s soldiersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ families could really
benefit from this technology and we want to make it widely available.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAll thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s required is the family have an Internet domain name such as
www.thesmithfamily.com,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â says Lee. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œDomains can be registered at Hostway.com for
$6.95,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â adds Lee.
Once a domain name has been established, HostwayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s online procedures will
simply and easily allow a family to build a Web site that includes photographs,
personal messages and personalized family information that can be updated
anytime and shared in real time across oceans.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWith thousands of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen stationed across the
globe in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea and so many other locations, Hostway wants to
lead the way in offering the latest technology in Web communications to help
bring families together,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â adds Lee.
The offer, worth over $200 based on HostwayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s current Web-hosting prices, is
available to servicemen and women in all branches of the United States military.
Each site hosted under the special offer must include on-screen reference to
Hostway as its hosting provider.
To take advantage of this offer, military personnel need only go to a special
www.hostway.com/armedforces and complete an online form that will ask a few
qualifying questions to confirm their military status.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œNow when a soldier on duty becomes a parent for the first time, photographs
of the baby and the thoughts of the entire family can come together on a
personalized Web site that can be viewed anywhere, anytime. New photos can be
added daily.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Lee. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe power of the Internet lends itself to an
application of this sort and we are proud to be able to offer it in a manner
that serves those who are serving our country.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Hostway Corporation provides Web hosting and managed technology services to more
than 300,000 customers worldwide. Hostway helps individuals, small businesses
and large enterprises achieve more value from state-of-the-art Web-based
technologies by reducing their complexity and cost. Founded in 1998, Hostway is
one of the five largest Web hosting companies in the world with offices in the
Americas (Chicago, Tampa and Vancouver), Europe (London and Amsterdam) and Asia
(Seoul and Sydney). For more information about Hostway Corporation, please visit
www.hostway.com or call