Strategic Partnership and Joint Venture Between Nethercomm and EN Engineering, the Nicor Gas and A.Epstein & Sons, Int'l, Building Gas Industry Alliances Creating a Primary Pathway for Broadband Delivery Through Natural Gas Pipelines

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Nethercomm Corporation and EN Engineering (ENE) announced today their strategic partnership in moving broadband delivery into the future by bringing Broadband-in-Gas (BiG) technology to the natural gas distribution market. BiG enables natural gas distribution companies the ability to offer alternative communication products as a new revenue source. BiG is a compelling opportunity to use existing natural gas pipelines to deliver the next decade of broadband video, voice and data at unprecedented connectivity rates of 100+Mbps.

The partnership between Nethercomm and ENE will enable the advancement of BiG technology to the natural gas distribution market by not only creating a new primary pathway for broadband delivery of content and services but also through a delivery method unmatched today. ENE is focusing on positioning local natural gas companies (LDC’s) across the country as the principle conduit for cost-effective and easily accessible broadband at unparalleled speeds in excess of fiber optics while crossing the last-mile barrier of today’s technology.

Broadband-in-Gas uses radar type signals transmitted “through” the natural gas distribution infrastructure, not only creating a new primary pathway for broadband delivery of content and services but enabling a “previously unobtainable level of connectivity. BiG is a significantly more efficient method of providing broadband communications services which does not require costly routing of copper or fiber optic connections across the “last-mile” of communications nor requires the use of wireless spectrum transmissions which are seriously constrained by regulatory limitations.

ENE’s president, Joe Posewick said, “Our objectives are simple, to use our industry knowledge and experience to provide true value to our clients with innovative technology that not only provides new revenue streams but also cost cutting measures.”

"We are pleased to announce our partnership with ENE and eagerly look forward to supporting their development of a unique consortium of LDCs”, said Ann Nunally, President of Nethercomm Corporation. She went on to say, “We are confident that our partnership will provide tremendous benefits to both the end user and the natural gas distribution industry. ENE and its exceptional team of engineers will enhance this partnership allowing us to create a solid foundation of customers and alliances in taking BiG into the future.”

Nethercomm and ENE are jointly sponsoring a Broadband-in-Gas 2005 Conference on August 24th and 25th, 2005 at the Double Tree Golf Resort in San Diego. For more information on the Broadband-in-Gas 2005 Conference, please visit Nethercomm’s Broadband-in-Gas 2005 conference website for online registration at Those interested in attending should register and reserve hotel accommodations. Space is limited and registration is required.

ENE was formed by combining the energy engineering experts from Nicor Gas and A. Epstein & Sons, International. ENE engineering professionals have expertise in gas transmission systems, gas distribution systems, oil and liquid pipeline systems, corrosion control design, metallurgical services, pipeline and system integrity, automation and control systems and on-site electrical generation. ENE offers proven, engineering services and an unmatched level of unique expertise with a reputation which goes beyond the traditional role of providing only engineering support to providing integrated solutions designed with success in mind. For more information on ENE, contact Joe Posewick, President [email protected]

Nethercomm Corporation is a privately held Delaware Corporation, headquartered in Southern California, developing innovative and proprietary communication technologies for the fast-growing broadband and wireless markets. Nethercomm’s portfolio of patents encompasses what is believed to be the fundamental subterranean broadband communications and includes additional patents to protect its technologies and architectures. Nethercomm owns the right to the intellectual property portfolio which encompasses the BiG industry and is employing its rights to make broadband as common as any other public utility.

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