Merger Sets the Stage for Next Generation Communications Company

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Merger of Enterprise VoIP Company and UltraSpeed™ Wireless Network Provider focuses on bringing next generation Broadband '2.0' services to secondary and rural markets throughout the South and West. No longer will today's broadband capacities suffice. In order to deliver on the nation's broadband promise, a new model is needed.

This is the first step towards becoming a major provider of Broadband 2.0 integrated services across our region, whether retail or wholesale. No one else is bringing next-generation broadband and VoIP services to these secondary markets, which ordinarily have to wait interminably to receive upgraded services until long after they've been available in Tier 1 markets.

SkyWi® announces today the successful completion of its merger with One Connect IP®, making the combined entity one of the largest regional companies to provide Internet, VoIP, and other related broadband services to customers throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Nevada. The merged company will operate under the SkyWi corporate brand and its service offerings will continue to be sold under the SkyWi, One Connect IP and ZiaNet™ brands.

The merger assembles a unique combination of facilities-based wireline network infrastructure; rapidly deployable, carrier-class wireless last mile; enterprise-class VoIP telephony; and UltraSpeed™ broadband Internet access to a range of residential and business customers throughout markets that surround Tier 1 metropolitan areas, as well as Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities.

"We are very pleased that we were able to merge with a cutting-edge wireless company and bring our enterprise-class VoIP expertise into the mix," states Aquiles Trujillo, VP of New Markets and Founder of One Connect IP. "This is the first step towards becoming a major provider of Broadband 2.0 integrated services across our region, whether retail or wholesale. No one else is bringing next-generation broadband and VoIP services to these secondary markets, which ordinarily have to wait interminably to receive upgraded services until long after they've been available in Tier 1 markets."

More than 95% of the Internet coverage in the U.S. is classified as Broadband 1.0, which means that when fully-loaded, most traffic to the end user is around 200Kb/s and rarely peaks beyond 2 - 10Mb/s. Broadband 2.0 refers to traffic that can be sustained up to 10Mbp/s and can peak as high as 100Mb/s. SkyWi focuses on delivering Broadband 2.0 infrastructure with an eye on scaling up to new technology as they become available; such as Gigabit Wi-Fi as recently announced by the IEEE.

According to Don Levy, Chief Development Officer and SkyWi's Founder, "We've been charging less than $60/month to deliver up to 10Mb/s symmetric bandwidth to our residential customers for more than two years now. While everyone said it could not be done, we went ahead and did it. Now with the merger, our customers will be able to add enterprise-class VoIP for less than $15/month. We realize that many developed countries are ahead of the U.S., delivering faster speeds and better services at reasonable prices; there really is no good reason why U.S. consumers should not be afforded the same."

The merger also enables SkyWi to offer wholesale services to ILECs and CLECs enabling them to more efficiently utilize their existing physical network infrastructure. In many cases they will be able to increase their fixed asset utilization by as much as three times.

SkyWi is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM and maintains offices in Las Cruces, NM; Fort Worth, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Boise, ID; and Idaho Falls, ID.

About SkyWi, Inc.
SkyWi builds, owns, and operates a facilities-based, state-of-the-art, rural and suburban wide-area broadband network. The company focuses on delivering enterprise-class broadband services, carrier-class reliability, and superior customer service to areas traditionally overlooked by major national carriers and service providers.

Contact:
Nathan Gellhaus, Press Liaison
SkyWi, Inc.
575.532.2990
http://skywi.com

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