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Mascot Network Announces Agreement With Excite@home; Mascot Will Provide Students With Access to the Excite Network.



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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 28, 2000

Mascot Network (www.mascotnetwork.com), the leading provider of higher education enterprise portals, today announced an agreement with Excite@Home to provide students access to the Excite Network. In addition, Mascot Network will offer students the opportunity to sign up for broadband services through the @Home affiliate program.

As the official communication tool for over 65 universities, Mascot Network will introduce more than 500,000 students to the high-speed, rich content of Excite@Home's services. These services include Excite.com, the @Home broadband Internet service and the Freelane ISP service.

Mascot Network is the premier provider of higher education enterprise portals, providing a gateway to Web-enabled campus information, student-focused discount e-commerce, and distance learning. With a personalized start page and online student directory, Mascot Network offers the best online campus community, a virtual student center, where students, faculty, and administration can meet, coordinate, and collaborate. Mascot Network is campus specific with content designed to strengthen and extend the college's community and deepen the students' relationship with the school.

"This relationship enables Excite@Home to reach thousands of college students who expect broadband access due to their experiences in Ethernet-wired dorms. We value unique sales and marketing opportunities, and Mascot Network promises to be a great way to help us reach this important demographic," said Hilleary Hoskinson, senior vice president of marketing.

"Mascot Network is excited about the tremendous value this relationship will provide to our partner schools," said Jaja Jackson, president and co-founder of Mascot Network. "By expanding our services for students to include high-speed Internet services and links to Excite@Home content, Mascot Network continues to provide the best Higher Education Enterprise Portal for colleges and universities."

About Mascot Network

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Mascot Network is the leading provider of higher education enterprise portals for colleges and universities. Mascot Network's Web-based service helps students, faculty and staff communicate and participate more fully in campus life, while helping colleges attract and retain the best and brightest. With fifty schools now under contract, Mascot Network has been deployed at more than a dozen schools, including Arizona State University, Providence College, Merrimack College, and Springfield Technical Community College. Mascot Network is funded by leading venture capital firms including Patricof & Co. Ventures, Arts Alliance, and Direct Equity Partners. For more information or to see a demonstration, visit http://www.mascotnetwork.com.

About Excite@Home

Excite@Home (Nasdaq: ATHM) is the leading broadband online service provider, offering residential and commercial broadband services, with a global footprint of 105(1) million homes under long-term cable and DSL contract. Excite@Home offers consumers broadband services over cable-modem, DSL and other last-mile connections and businesses high-speed commercial services. Excite@Home has over 30(1) million cable franchise homes under contract outside of North America and localized versions of the Excite service in 10 leading international markets.

(1) Effective upon the closing of Excite Chello.

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