Viable Joins Snap!VRS Team

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New partnership leverages companies' strengths for enhanced customer experience.

Snap!VRS is an industry leader in setting the highest business operation and ethical standard, and we are happy to be part of this new organization

Viable Communications, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Aequus Technologies, the parent company of Snap!VRS. The agreement combines the synergies of Viable's strong community relations and innovative technology with Snap!VRS's influential business operations leadership to form a stronger corporate entity to serve the deaf and hard of hearing communities.

The companies reached agreement Friday and are currently collaborating on the transition toward an improved deaf-centric telecommunications experience for the combined customer base. This relationship will prove advantageous for not only customers, but for community and business partners who have come to know Viable as a leader in the VRS industry.

"Viable has been a formidable competitor and a major competitor to the VRS industry. We've always been very impressed with the company's commitment to and connection with the deaf community. Pairing our respective synergies will create a company capable of servicing the deaf community unlike any other," said Snap!VRS President & CEO, Tom Kielty.

"Snap!VRS is an industry leader in setting the highest business operation and ethical standard, and we are happy to be part of this new organization," said John T.C. Yeh, President of Viable. "By joining the Snap!VRS team, we will be able to continue serving our loyal customers while continuing our commitment to our employees, the industry, and most importantly the deaf community."

More details of the transaction and the improved telecommunications access it will bring both companies' customers will be made available in the next few months.

About Viable, Inc.
Viable develops videophones and provides next-generation video relay services for deaf and hard of hearing persons, opening them to a world of communication possibilities. Founded in 2006, Viable is a private company and many employees are deaf and hard of hearing and are personally vested in the innovation and development of the company's products and services. Visit http://www.viable.net for further information.

About Telecommunications Relay Services
Mandated by Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, telecommunications relay services (TRS) enables individuals with hearing or speech disabilities to achieve functional equivalence by accessing telephone systems to place or receive calls through an intermediary known as a relay operator or relay interpreter. Emergent IP technology has given rise to video-based solutions, which are known as video relay services (VRS). VRS options include using a webcam or a videophone to connect to a video relay interpreter, and allow deaf and hard of hearing callers for whom sign language is native to fully achieve the ideal of functional equivalence.

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