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Plan B Communications Partners With Mi8 to Offer Web-based Software to Its Customers.

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SHREWSBURY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2000

Plan B Communications, a rapidly expanding telecommunications and Internet access company, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Mi8 Corporation, a leading application service provider (ASP) for groupware and collaboration systems, to offer web-based software applications to its customers.

The partnership will further enhance the extensive suite of communications services and management tools that Plan B Communications will offer to small and mid-sized businesses over a broadband Internet connection as it continues to expand into the Verizon territory. Under the terms of the agreement, Mi8 will serve as Plan B Communications' primary ASP, giving Plan B customers the ability to lease applications such as Microsoft Outlook & Exchange, Microsoft Office and more, directly through Plan B's portal page.

"Mi8 is a clear leader among ASPs, with an established customer base and a real vision as to the future of this market, making them the best choice to help us serve our customers," said Rich Yalen, CEO and chairman of the board of Plan B Communications. "By Netsourcing applications with Mi8, Plan B customers will be able to utilize the latest software for managing their businesses without the costly expense of purchasing and managing these applications, as well as the subsequent program upgrades. This would help to enhance their productivity by reducing costs and allowing them to focus on core business activities instead."

"Customers can now turn to Plan B for all their communication needs including Local, Long Distance and Internet Access," he added. "By bundling these services and applications together, we can offer simplicity and cost-efficiency to our customers."

David Castellani, chief executive officer of Mi8, said, "Our core focus has always been the small and mid-sized business, a group that has been vastly under-served by the larger software vendors. This partnership between Mi8 and Plan B, who shares our view of this market, enables small and mid-sized business to use the same tools as Fortune 500 companies, with the same reliability, performance, and security -- but without the costly and time-consuming deployments that were once typical."

For more information on Plan B Communications or to sign up for service, visit www.planb4u.com, or call, toll-free, 1-877-PLANB4U (1-877-752-6248).

About Mi8

Mi8 provides application services for a wide variety of industries, enabling organizations to enhance productivity, reduce costs and focus on core business activities. Mi8 leverages high performance Internet and wireless technologies to deliver these application services to any device, anytime, anywhere. With major offices in Manhattan and London, Mi8 supports thousands of subscribers worldwide, including Cornell University, Arch Venture Partners, Miss Universe and BabyGear.com. More information is available at www.mi8.com.

About Plan B Communications

Plan B Communications, founded in 1998, is a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) focused on delivering a comprehensive suite of communications services and management tools to small and medium-sized businesses. In addition to voice communications, the company has begun to offer broadband Internet access, coupled with online applications and content, over its own DSL network.
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