News Release

@Work And Its Technology Partners Launch National Seminar Series To Educate Business Leaders On The Shift To Broadband Technology

Together with Cisco, AT&T, RedCreek, NorthPoint, Exodus and
Oct 27, 1998

Together with Cisco, AT&T, RedCreek, NorthPoint, Exodus and Cambridge Technology Partners, @Work offers the most comprehensive end-to-end Broadband solution set available for businesses

REDWOOD CITY, CA, -- October 27, 1998 -- @Work, the business-focused division of @Home Network (Nasdaq: ATHM) and leading provider of commercial broadband internetworking solutions, today announced that it is teaming up with its technology partners to create an authoritative source of information on Broadband networks for businesses. Together with industry leaders Cisco Systems, AT&T, RedCreek Communications, NorthPoint Communications, Exodus Communications, and Cambridge Technology Partners, @Work will present an eight-city Broadband Seminar Series promoting the new era of affordable, "always on," high-speed internetworking solutions. The seminar series will also demonstrate how the shift to Broadband will fundamentally alter user behavior, business-to-consumer and business-to-business online channels, and corporate network infrastructure planning.

Targeted to business leaders responsible for making critical technology choices for their organizations, the series is designed to help attendees understand the changes and implications of the current evolution toward Broadband networks. Attendees will hear directly from experts at the top companies in today's internetworking market, and will have the opportunity to evaluate Broadband options such as cable (HFC), digital subscriber loop (DSL) and traditional leased lines. In addition, attendees will be able to see how @Work's collaborative and end-to-end solutions address an organization's network infrastructure requirements such as network security, server hosting and outsourcing application requirements.

Participants can choose from either a morning or afternoon seminar in each city. After an 8:00 a.m. breakfast, the morning seminar begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session opens with lunch at 1:00 p.m. and runs from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The dates and locations are as follows:

Date Market Location
Tuesday, October 27 San Francisco Grand Hyatt Union Square
Thursday, October 29 Boston Marriott Copley Place
Tuesday, November 3 San Jose Hyatt Sainte Claire
Thursday, November 5 Seattle The Westin Seattle
Tuesday, November 10 Los Angeles Wyndham, LA Airport
Thursday, November 12 Washington D.C. The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner
Tuesday, November 17 New York Marriott East Side
Thursday, November 19 Chicago Hyatt Regency O'Hare

These complimentary and interactive sessions will include presentations about:

  • Strategic implications of Broadband to businesses; Behavioral shifts in consumers
  • Cable and DSL connectivity options; Multihoming/Border Gate Protocol (BGP) solutions
  • Shifting from private networks to virtual private networks
  • Outsourcing data center and server infrastructure
  • E-Business model imperatives; Buy vs. build alternatives; Moving beyond client/server

According to Don Hutchison, senior vice president and general manager of the @Work division, networking strategies, tactics and content will all change as the volume on bandwidth is turned up. "Broadband enables a wide range of new applications and tools that will carry both business and consumers to a new plane of productivity," said Hutchison. "By collaborating with our technology partners, we have been able to develop and deliver five critical elements of Internetworking: high-performance dedicated connectivity, web hosting, server co-location services, high-speed remote access for corporate tele-commuters, and virtual private networks," he added.

Tom Jermoluk, CEO of @Home Network, explained that businesses and consumers who want to communicate at Broadband speeds and still maintain service quality can rely on the end-to-end management of @Home Network's solutions. "@Home is unique in that we serve both the consumer and business markets by offering the most comprehensive range of Broadband services. @Work is the only provider that offers the choice of cable, DSL and traditional leased lines to businesses," stated Jermoluk.

What the technology partners are saying:

Cisco Systems, Inc.

"The combination of broadband access, standards-based security and new virtual private network technology enables @Work to offer an entirely new generation of telecommuting, work-at-home and enterprise access services," said Paul Bosco, general manager of Cisco's Cable Products and Solutions Business Unit. "Cisco is thrilled to be working with @Home to bring the benefits of broadband services to the enterprise and small business markets. We look forward to mutual success as new offerings are made available nationwide."

RedCreek Communications Inc.

Dr. Tom Steding, CEO of RedCreek Communications commented that @Work is pushing the technology envelope with its end-to-end Broadband solution. "A secure connection is vital for companies that want to successfully integrate Broadband technology into their communications infrastructure. Together with @Work, we have created a secure network solution that addresses our customers' communication and infrastructure requirements," explained Steding. "The Broadband seminar series will allow participants to learn how the shift to Broadband and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) will benefit both their communication capabilities and bottom line."

NorthPoint Communications, Inc.

"Cost-effective, on-demand broadband access gives today's progressive businesses multiple competitive advantages," said Michael Malaga, president and CEO, NorthPoint Communications. "NorthPoint DSL combined with @Work's high-quality Internet connectivity provides a compelling solution to businesses that are seeking the speed and performance needed to harness the true power of the Internet."

There is no registration fee for the @Work seminar series. For more information or to register, visit or call 888-890-9675.

About the Technology Partners

@Work is the nation's leading broadband supplier of commercial internet services and is the only provider of all three broadband networking options for business: Leased Lines, DSL, Hybrid Fiber Coax. Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet; AT&T and NorthPoint Communications are the premier suppliers of high-speed data communication services; Exodus Communications is the leading supplier of mission-critical Internet server hosting and management solutions; RedCreek Communications sets the standard for ensuring security over high-speed networks; and Cambridge Technology Partners is a leader in custom and package software deployment, networking and training.

Technology Partner Contact Information

Cisco Systems, Inc.
Erin Bergamo

RedCreek Communications
Rich Farana

John Stormer

About @Home Network

Based in Redwood City, California, @Home Network (Nasdaq: ATHM) distributes high-speed interactive services to residences and businesses using its own network architecture and a variety of transport options, including the cable industry's hybrid-fiber coaxial infrastructure. The cable connection provides users significant increases in speed over conventional Internet services. Leveraging the "always on" attributes of cable, @Home allows for unique multimedia applications that go beyond current Web experiences. Since its founding in 1995, @Home Network has reached affiliate agreements with eighteen leading cable companies worldwide, including Tele-Communications Inc., Cablevision Systems Corp., Comcast Corporation, Cox Communications, Bresnan Communications Company, Insight Communications, Jones Intercable, Garden State Cable, Cogeco Cable Inc., Lenfest Communications, InterMedia Partners, Marcus Cable, Midcontinent Cable, Co., Century Communications, Rogers Cablesystems Limited, Shaw Communications, CasTel and Palet Kabelcom.