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Cox Communications Deploys Best Data Cable Modems.

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CHATSWORTH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 3, 2000

Best Data, an emerging manufacturer in the fast-paced broadband market, announced today that it has a purchase agreement with Cox Communications. The agreement provides for a Cox Communications large volume purchase of Best Data DOCSIS cable modems to be deployed throughout Cox's service area.

"The consumer demand for high-speed Internet access is nothing short of remarkable," said Bruce Zaman, President and CEO of Best Data Products. "Through these large volume purchase orders we are seeing the momentum that Best Data cable modems are gaining in broadband system deployment."

Dick Wallace, Vice President of Materials Management for Cox Communications, agreed. "With the standardization of the DOCSIS platform in cable communications, Best Data provides another solid resource that Cox, along with other MSOs, can utilize for DOCSIS certified modems. We look forward to working with Best Data, now and in the future, on the successful deployment of cable modems to our subscriber base."

Recent research shows consumer demand for broadband exploding in the upcoming years, with predictions of 16 million U.S. households, a quarter of all online homes, using high-speed broadband Internet connections by 2002. (1) Worldwide sales of high-speed cable modems rose 130 percent in 1998, amounting to 79 percent of the world's high-speed access market. The installed base of cable modems will be 5.22 million units by 2001, and 7.66 million by 2002. (2) In this high stakes climate where millions are being spent on high-speed Internet connections, companies like Best Data are positioning themselves as industry leaders for broadband communications.

The Best Data Smart One Cable Modem CMX110 is fully compliant with DOCSIS 1.1 specifications and is one of the few cable modems to receive both the CableLabs(R) Certification and Excite@Home Level 2 Approval. The Smart One DOCSIS 1.1-based modem enables cable operators and service providers to deliver high-speed Internet access, video services and telephony applications to home offices and residential users. In deployment by cable operators worldwide, Best Data's Smart One cable modem delivers the high performance and superior reliability to support residential Internet access and commercial data services in even the most demanding network conditions.

Best Data has a heritage built on designing and manufacturing quality data communication products for more than fifteen years. Best Data is a well-known brand for modems in the consumer arena; with its successful Smart One product line including over 20 million modems sold and established quality brand recognition with the consumer. The company's strategy is to bring the latest technology to customers at the best value, and Best Data is forming unique partnerships with the cable industry as well as utilizing their network of retail store partners to bring high-speed Internet access to the consumer. Best Data sells its products worldwide through retail stores, catalogues and direct sales to OEM customers.

About Best Data Products

Best Data Products is celebrating its 15th year of manufacturing an extensive line of data communications products including analog modems, home networking products, 2D/3D graphics boards, sound cards, digital music players and other digital products for home and office use. Best Data was one of the first vendors to offer 56Kbps and USB modem products. The company also recently became one of the first to offer CableLabs(R) certified, high speed cable modems as part of its line of Broadband solutions.

Best Data's most recent products are the Smart One Cable modem, Arcade FX TNT2, 2D/3D graphics accelerator card, Cabo, a 64MB MP3 player in a transparent blue case and Theatrix, a Dolby 5.1, six channel surround sound card, as well as a 10/100 cardbus network PC card and combination 56K modem and LAN PC card.

Best Data Products, Inc. can be reached by phone at 818/773-9600, by fax at 818/773-9619, or at its Web address: www.bestdata.com. The company's headquarters is at 19748 Dearborn Street, Chatsworth, California 91311.

(1) Forrester Research

(2) Dataquest, December 1998

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications serves approximately 6.2 million customers nationwide, making it the nation's fifth largest cable television company. A full-service provider of telecommunications products, Cox offers an array of services, including Cox Cable; local and long distance telephone services under the Cox Digital Telephone brand; high-speed Internet access under the brands Cox@Home, Road Runner and Cox Express; advanced digital video programming services under the Cox Digital Cable brand; and commercial voice and data services via Cox Business Services. Cox is an investor in telecommunications companies including Sprint PCS and Excite@Home, as well as programming networks including Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Outdoor Life and Speedvision. More information about Cox Communications can be accessed on the Internet at www.cox.com.

Note: Copyright 2000, Best Data Products, Inc. Arcade FX , Cabo, Theatrix and Smart One are trademarks of Best Data Products, Inc. Pentium III is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. TNT2 is a trademark of nVidia Corporation. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
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