News Release

CompuServe Network Services and Cisco Team To Offer Advanced End-to-End Networking Solutions

With A Cisco Powered Network, CompuServe Offers Customers Reliable, Secure and High-Performance Data Communications Solutions
Aug 20, 1997

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- August 20, 1997 -- CompuServe Network Services, rated thebest-performing Internet backbone in a recent independent survey, today announced itsparticipation in the Cisco Powered Network Program.

Under the program, the two companies are working together to offer reliable, secure andhigh-performance networking services. The relationship highlights CompuServe Network Services'and Cisco's focus on leveraging intelligent broadband networking, including Internet Protocol(IP), to deliver enhanced connectivity and business-critical applications to corporate clients.

"By maximizing our relationship with Cisco, a recognized worldwide leader in networking,CompuServe Network Services can reassure our customers that the network and Internet serviceswe offer lead the industry in reliability, performance and innovation," stated Dennis Brouwer,director, product marketing, CompuServe Network Services.

"Cisco is a great asset to us. We are able to seamlessly work together to provide solutions tomeet our customers' needs," Brouwer added.

"Enterprise customers around the world have selected Cisco solutions for their networks," saidDon Listwin, senior vice president of Cisco's service provider line of business. "This programenables customers to have that same kind of confidence in solutions from their serviceprovider. CompuServe Network Services is committed to using Cisco equipment as part of itsoverall solution. Together, both companies can better present the business sector withnetworking and Internet solutions."

CompuServe Network Services' participation in this program is designed to increase customers'confidence and heighten brand recognition. Later this month, CompuServe Network Services'customers will begin seeing a Cisco Powered Network mark online, in direct mail pieces and inother marketing materials, indicating that their Internet routing, frame relay and ATMswitching is backed by Cisco equipment.

About CompuServe Network Services

Established in 1982, CompuServe Network Services, a leading global network integrator, providesmore than 1,250 companies with complete, fully integrated, Internet, Intranet, and Extranetconnectivity solutions in 105 countries. A division of CompuServe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSRV),CompuServe Network Services provides the network for CompuServe's CSi online service andSPRYNET direct Internet access service. Additional information on CompuServe Network Servicescan be found on the World Wide Web at

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