American Alliance of Service Providers Welcomes BlueTie, Inc. as Platinum Sponsor

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Group Discounts on SaaS-based Hosted Email Now Available to AASP Members

The AASP has been providing advocacy, business advice, and the aggregate purchasing power of its membership to its members for nearly ten years

BlueTie, a leading provider of white-label hosted email and collaboration services for ISPs and other service providers, and the American Alliance of Service Providers (AASP), an association of independent Internet Service Providers, today announced that BlueTie has become a Platinum Sponsor of AASP. Additionally, the over 500 member ISPs of AASP may now leverage the association's aggregate buying power to purchase BlueTie's cloud-based email and collaboration services at special member prices, and the association will receive a portion of the proceeds to finance its activities in support of its membership. The BlueTie offering includes an award-winning Web interface with spam and virus protection, calendaring, powerful desktop sharing features, online file storage and sharing, and integration with some of the Web's leading business services.

"Our members are considering the advantages of outsourcing their email operations to a hosted provider with increasing frequency. In fact some are already doing so," said Russ Ferguson, AASP President. "BlueTie's cloud-based offering is a best-in-class solution for our members' customers, and a tremendous value that will provide an excellent return for our members themselves. I'm proud to introduce BlueTie as the association's preferred hosted email provider."

Designed to provide a full-featured but affordable alternative to Microsoft® Exchange for small- to mid-sized businesses, BlueTie's services suite enables users to maximize productivity, and provides ISPs and other service providers with a private-label, on-demand solution that requires no dedicated IT personnel, and no up-front capital investments. Naturally, a streamlined residential version of BlueTie's service will be available to AASP members as well. BlueTie also offers a portfolio of value-added services which complement its core offering, including archive services, email marketing, IP fax, and more.

"The AASP has been providing advocacy, business advice, and the aggregate purchasing power of its membership to its members for nearly ten years," said Trey Talbott, Director of Sales at BlueTie, "and we're excited to offer the association our support as a Platinum Sponsor."

About BlueTie, Inc.:
BlueTie is the leading provider of Software-as-a-Service collaboration services for businesses (SMBs) worldwide. BlueTie offers a cloud-based email, calendaring, and collaboration application suite, integrated with the Web's most useful services. BlueTie revolutionized the SaaS market in 1999 by introducing the first hosted suite of small & mid-sized business collaboration tools, and continues to be a market leader by delivering incredibly simple applications that are fast, inexpensive and reliable. For more information visit http://www.BlueTie.com.

About AASP:
The American Alliance of Service Providers is an organization that was set up to join together ISPs in a unified front. AASP also has other Internet related companies offering Web Design and Web Hosting as members. We, as a small ISP watching the events in the ISP industry, had concerns about the future of the small to medium sized ISPs. We decided that to get ISPs better pricing and other benefits that a group effort would be needed, and so AASP was born. By the end of its first year AASP grouped together 240 members and over the past 9+ years has signed up nearly 1100 members. The ISP industry, as a whole, has undergone numerous changes. AASP keeps track of the number of ISPs and at one point there were over 7000 ISPs in the U.S. and current numbers reveal that this number has decreased to approximately 3000 ISPs. AASP membership numbers also declined during the last few years because some ISPs have gone out of business, been bought by other ISPs and merged with others. AASP registered membership is currently around 500 member ISPs, falling closely in line with the overall drop in ISPs. Collectively, the AASP member ISPs bring to the table over 4.1 Million end-users (consumers), employs over 7,100 people, and receives a collective number of Web Site Visits per month of nearly 200 million. Visit http://www.aaserviceproviders.org.

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