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New Edge Networks Signs Deal with Cox to Expand Broadband Reach, Choices

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VANCOUVER, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2003--New Edge Networks has expanded its choices of multi-site networking services for businesses with the addition of cable broadband access from Cox Business Services, the commercial broadband division of Cox Communications (NYSE:COX). New Edge Networks is one of the first facilities-based carriers to offer broadband access over both cable and copper transport technologies.

Under the national resell agreement, New Edge Networks will provide high-speed Internet access and wide area networking services to businesses with remote locations or telecommuters that prefer cable modem access over other broadband access technologies. New Edge Networks will establish "peering" connections with Cox in Chicago, Ashburn, Va., and San Jose, Calif., to enable secure data traffic flow between the two companies without going through the public Internet.

"This agreement is part of our 'Project BigFoot' which involves aggressive expansion of our network reach and service offerings anywhere," said Dan Moffat, president and CEO of New Edge Networks. "Business customers want single-source business connectivity regardless of technology, carriers, and geographic locations."

"Customers look to New Edge Networks to seamlessly integrate a wide selection of choices that best match their bandwidth needs and budgets," Moffat said. "We are best at mixing, matching, and provisioning last-mile access solutions that meet our customers' needs at virtually any business address in the United States."

In the past year, New Edge has negotiated similar agreements with various national, regional or local providers. In addition to cable access, New Edge Networks offers xDSL, frame relay, private lines, frame over DSL, ATM and VPN managed services to communications providers and enterprise business customers.

By blending access technologies customers can make substantial savings because the bandwidth needs -- and cost -- among all remote locations vary. Customers are able to better match bandwidth needs to actual costs and reduce the average cost per location.

"Faster broadband access is a requirement in today's business environment and cable's consistent throughput speeds, regardless of customer's proximity to our main facilities, make Cox's broadband access ideal for business wide area networking solutions," said Amy Erwin, vice president of national accounts for Cox Business Services in Atlanta. "With New Edge Networks, Cox Business Services can attract customers that are outside of our franchise territories but have business locations or teleworkers in our service areas," Erwin said.

About New Edge Networks

New Edge Networks is a single-source national provider of secure multi-site managed data networks and dedicated Internet access for businesses and communications carriers. New Edge Networks seamlessly integrates a wide variety of last-mile broadband access services available through multiple carriers, technologies, and geographic regions worldwide. Its customers include telecom carriers, small to midsize businesses, large corporations, and their telecommuters anywhere. New Edge Networks owns a nationwide multi-services network with more than 850 carrier-class switches and Internet routers. It has one of the country's largest coverage footprints with a strong presence in small and midsize markets. The company's Web site is www.newedgenetworks.com. Telephone: .

    CONTACT: New Edge Networks
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