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California's Largest Fixed Wireless ISP Joins Key Standards Group Devoted to Furthering Fixed and Mobile Wireless Standards

FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- NextWeb, California's largest fixed wireless Internet service provider for business, today announced it has joined the WiMAX Forum(TM), an industry-lead organization that promotes the interoperability and certification of broadband wireless products based on the IEEE 802.16 standard. NextWeb has for years been using microwave wireless equipment based on technology that in part forms the basis for WiMAX standards. The company has successfully built a business over of over 2,000 enterprise customers throughout California using this technology platform. "We are excited to announce our joining the WiMAX Forum," said Graham Barnes, NextWeb's Chief Executive Officer. "We have been using a technology platform for many years that is similar to what the WiMAX Forum is working to standardize, and applaud the efforts of its members to further interoperability, higher performance and greater functionality of fixed wireless broadband technology. We also appreciate the efforts the WiMAX Forum has made to increase awareness for this technology, as that will only help our industry grow. NextWeb looks forward to being an active participant in the WiMAX Forum, and providing significant feedback from the perspective of one of the nation's leading fixed wireless broadband operators." Analysts forecast strong growth for the fixed wireless broadband market. The industry's value, currently estimated at around $400 million, is expected to quadruple over the next four years according to a recent New York Times article.

"This year the WiMAX Forum has achieved a number of major milestones, including the addition of many members involved in creating wireless technology platforms, and key service providers such as NextWeb," commented Ron Resnick, WiMAX Forum President and Chairman. "We are glad to see NextWeb become a member, and look forward to their contribution to the WiMAX Forum's mission."

NextWeb's business-class Internet service is available in more than 175 cities throughout California. The industry-leading service typically saves businesses thousands of dollars per year by eliminating the high cost of a traditional T1 from the phone company. Because NextWeb owns and maintains its own independent telecommunications network and connects directly to the Internet backbone, the company's service completely bypasses telephone and cable companies, providing customers with significantly more bandwidth at substantially lower startup and monthly costs. The fixed-wireless company guarantees its high-speed Internet service will be up and running for its customers in three to seven business days, compared to weeks or months typically associated with larger wireline carriers.

About The WiMAX Forum(TM)
The WiMAX Forum is an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products using the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN specifications. The forum's goal is to accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace. WiMAX Forum Certified(TM) products will be fully interoperable and support Metropolitan Broadband Fixed, Portable and Mobile Applications. For more information about the WiMAX Forum and its activities, please visit .

About NextWeb
NextWeb, Inc. is California's largest fixed-wireless Internet service provider for business, providing high-speed service to more than 2,000 enterprise customers. In 2004, the company was named one of the 50 fastest growing Bay Area companies by all three leading business publications in the region. NextWeb's service is available to over 200,000 business locations in more than 175 cities throughout California. Typically installed in just three to seven days, NextWeb's standard Super-T service is 30 percent faster than a T1 at 70% of the price, easily scaling to six times the speed of a T1. The company is active in the formation of industry standards, and is a member of the WiMAX Forum and the Wireless Communications Association International (WCA). NextWeb is profitable and is backed by strategic investors including Asset Management Partners, Cedar Grove Investments, Kaiser Permanente, Monet Capital, Saints Capital, Sage Venture Partners, and Sunsino VentureGroup. Additional company information is available at .

WiMAX Forum(TM) and WiMAX Forum Certified(TM) are registered trademarks of the WiMAX Forum.

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