San Jose, California – (The Hosting News) – January 17, 2007 – Web host and national provider of integrated voice and data communications firm, Covad Communications Group, Inc., has agreed to expand consumer Internet and media services firms, United Online, Inc.’s NetZero DSL broadband Internet service offering, using CovadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s network.
United Online recently launched NetZero Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) broadband Internet service to provide its customers with an opportunity to upgrade to broadband. Covad operates the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest facilities-based network and provides partners such as United Online with a broad portfolio of broadband services.
Mark R. Goldston, Chairman and CEO of United Online commented, ”Through this agreement, United Online has the opportunity to benefit from access to CovadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s network and their expertise in broadband. We believe it will enable us to expand our NetZero DSL broadband offering and give more of our NetZero customers who want a broadband experience the ability to easily upgrade from dial-up while keeping their NetZero email address.”
Charles Hoffman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Covad added, ”We are pleased to partner with United Online to provide its customers with high-speed Internet service and look forward to creating a successful partnership. As the leading independent provider of next-generation broadband services, we welcome the opportunity to increase our wholesale business through this agreement.”
United Online intends to launch its expansion of the NetZero DSL broadband Internet service near the end of the first quarter of 2007. In addition to NetZeroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s current regional DSL coverage, this agreement with Covad allows United Online to offer NetZero broadband services to DSL-eligible customers within Covad’s service area. United Online currently estimates that, following the addition of NetZero DSL services in Covad’s service area and when combined with NetZero’s existing coverage, NetZero will be able to offer broadband services to approximately 30% to 35% of United Online’s current ISP customer base, although the percentage could vary significantly based on a variety of factors. The pricing and other terms of services will be made available closer to the time of launch and may vary based on geographic locations.
United Online, Inc. (Nasdaq:UNTD) is a provider of consumer Internet and media services. The company’s Content and Media services include social networking (Classmates) and online loyalty marketing (MyPoints) and Communications services include Internet access (NetZero, Juno), email and VoIP. United Online is headquartered in Woodland Hills, CA, with offices in New York City, NY; Renton, WA; San Francisco, CA; Schaumburg, IL; Orem, UT; Erlangen, Germany; and Hyderabad, India.
A nationwide provider of integrated voice and data communications, Covad offers DSL, Voice Over IP, T1, web hosting, managed security, IP and dial-up, wireless broadband, and bundled voice and data services directly through Covad’s network and through Internet Service Providers, value-added resellers, telecommunications carriers and affinity groups to small and medium-sized businesses and home users. According to the company, as the first company to commercially deploy DSL in the United States, Covad has spent hundreds of millions of dollars building a network that passes more than 57 million homes and businesses in 44 states – the largest nationwide footprint of any DSL company. Covad broadband services are currently available across the nation in 235 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) which represent over 50 percent of all US homes and businesses. Corporate headquarters is located at 110 Rio Robles, San Jose, California 95134. Telephone: 1-888-GO-COVAD.
For more information about United Online, please visit: www.untd.com.
To learn more about Covad, please visit: www.covad.com.