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Aug. 8, 2001


WHEATLAND (IOWA) F&B Communications began offering high-speed Internet connections Aug. 1 to customers in Bennett, Calamus, Lowden, Delmar and Wheatland. The new service is called iNetplus.

iNetplus utilizes Copper Mountain DSL (digital subscriber line) technology to offer residential and business customers a high-speed connection for browsing the Internet and transferring large data files. iNetplus connections use standard twisted-pair copper telephone wires already running to a customer's home or business to provide an "always-on" connection. Transfer speeds are available up to 25 times faster than a standard 56K dial-up Internet connection.

"Internet habits are changing and people want to get the full Internet experience without having to wait," said Ken Laursen, General Manager of F&B Communications. "The Internet is growing at a rapid rate; iNetplus helps our customers stay connected to the world through cutting-edge technology."
F&B is offering two levels of iNetplus service at various speeds.

Gold ADSL (asymmetric DSL) service is available in download speeds ranging from 384Kbps to 768Kbps. Upload transfers operate at one-half the connection speed.

ADSL technology allows the user to be online and talk on the phone at the same time. This eliminates the need for a second telephone line to connect to the Internet,
therefore saving customers money. Gold service is targeted to the home or small business user.

Platinum SDSL (synchronous DSL) service is available in speeds starting at 384Kbps, all the way up to 1.5Mbps. SDSL service requires a dedicated line and offers equal download and upload rates. Platinum iNetplus is for business or serious home users wanting the fastest connections available.

"Employees who have access to iNetplus can be more productive when exchanging e-mail or doing Web-based research," Laursen said. "This service gives businesses an alternative to other expensive high-speed connection methods and helps the small, local business compete on a global scale."

Both levels of service offer multi-user support. Several computers can utilize a single connection to access the Internet through a local area network.

Gold rates begin at $49.95 a month, and $69.95 a month for Platinum service. Users will need to install a DSL modem and software on their PC to receive iNetplus. For a limited time, modem costs are waived for new subscribers who sign an agreement.

Most F&B Communications' customers will be able to take advantage of iNetplus. Technicians will test the line condition of customers interested to verify that their line is capable of carrying a quality iNetplus signal.

"We're pleased to bring our local communities a new high-end technology formerly only available to people living in large metropolitan areas," Laursen said.

F&B Communications is the local telecommunications provider offering telephone, cable television, digital broadcast satellite, Internet and wireless PCS services to customers in the Bennett, Calamus, Delmar, Lowden and Wheatland exchanges.

Individuals or businesses interested in iNetplus can call F&B Communications at 563-374-1236 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to sign up.

To learn more about F&B Communications, visit the company website at http://www.fbc-tele.com.

For more information, contact:
Aaron Horman, Marketing Manager, 563-374-1236


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