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Minneapolis, Minnesota Selects US Internet for Citywide Wireless: Nets Industry-leading Technology from BelAir Networks


Highest-performing, multi-service municipal network for public access, mobile government workers and public safety personnel

Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 5, 2006 - BelAir Networks and US Internet today announced that the city of Minneapolis has chosen US Internet to build and operate a broadband wireless network to cover the entire city with BelAir Networks industry-leading mobile broadband mesh networking solutions. The city’s wireless initiative, known as ‘Wireless Minneapolis’, will result in one of the largest wireless cities in the U.S.

“Learning from the experiences and challenges faced by other cities, Minneapolis has chosen both a business model and a technology solution that ensure immediate, ongoing, and sustainable benefits to our citizens, visitors, municipal workers and public safety personnel,” stated R.T. Rybak, Mayor of Minneapolis.

US Internet, a fast-growing Internet and hosting provider will deploy BelAir Networks equipment throughout the 54 square mile city, creating a broadband wireless mesh network that delivers industry-leading broadband performance and scalability, and carrier-class capacity and reliability.

Minneapolis CIO, Karl Kaiser explained: “US Internet offered the best proposal, and we were very pleased with the performance of their pilot network and the BelAir Networks technology.”

“After extensive research into competing solutions and deployment of the live pilot network, it was clear that BelAir Networks delivered proven technology that can concurrently handle the many applications and services we need to deliver – at true broadband speeds,” said Joe Caldwell, US Internet co-founder. “World-class cities like Minneapolis need networks that will deliver broadband performance, scale with increasing subscriber and services growth, and support new technologies like WiMAX. BelAir delivers these wireless broadband mesh networks today.”

With thousands of wireless mesh nodes operating in more than 150 deployments worldwide – including the City of London and Toronto – BelAir Networks mobile wireless mesh networking products are field-proven, delivering high-performance broadband Quad-play services (voice, video, data and mobility) for municipal, residential and business applications.

“BelAir Networks is pleased that our comprehensive portfolio of mobile broadband mesh products has been chosen by US Internet to serve the needs of workers, visitors and residents throughout Minneapolis,” said Jim Freeze, senior vice president, marketing and alliances, BelAir Networks. “Increasingly, we’re finding that cities and service providers who want to deliver true broadband performance on a future-proof mobile network are turning to BelAir for our proven cost-effective mobile broadband mesh solutions.”

BelAir Networks comprehensive product portfolio delivers high performance, cost effective, flexible deployment options and a migration path to future technologies. Supporting Wi-Fi, 4.9 GHz Public Safety, and WiMAX mesh, the portfolio includes the flagship four-radio BelAir200 Wireless Multi-service Switch Router, the dual-radio BelAir100 Multi-service Node, the BelAir100C Multi-service Node featuring point-to-multipoint backhaul, the BelAir100S, the single-radio BelAir50C and BelAir50S, and the six-radio BelAir300 Converged Multi-service Wireless Node, all seamlessly managed by the BelAir BelView Network Management System.

About BelAir Networks

BelAir Networks is the first company to offer scalable, mobile wireless broadband mesh networking solutions with the highest quality for data, voice and video. The company teams with world-class global partners, including Siemens, to deploy proven, cost-effective wireless broadband mesh networks. BelAir’s wireless networking solutions are built on the only multi-service architecture for municipal wireless broadband deployments of Wi-Fi, WiMAX and 3G Cellular networks. Built specifically for outdoor-in deployments, BelAir Networks’ patented solution delivers the lowest cost per user and deploys in days, blending into the physical infrastructure of downtown business districts, hotels and resorts, and campuses. Founded in 2001, BelAir Networks is a privately held company. For more info, visit

About US Internet

Founded in 1995, US Internet is an international provider of Internet and hosting services. In the contiguous U.S., the company has points of presence in over 2,000 cities, enabling those with a mobile lifestyle to connect to the Internet from almost any location. They also have a collocation presence in Milwaukee, WI, London, UK, and Sydney, AU. The company’s suite of Internet and hosting services are not only comprehensive but can also be custom fit for any enterprise-level need. Services include, but are not limited to, Internet voice and data, web hosting, anti-spam and anti-virus, remote system backup, collocation services, disaster recovery, ecommerce services, web site statistics, network monitoring, and much more. In addition, US Internet is focused on providing its customers with superior support service, which is backed by a seasoned technology group who understands the needs and issues of today’s businesses and employees. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year via online, email and telephone. At US Internet, you to get your net’s worth. For more information, please visit


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