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Vobix Partnership with BluegrassNet Creates New Marketplace for Local ISP Provider; Vobix and BluegrassNet Deliver A Unique Combination of Managed Technology Tools.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 2001

Vobix Corporation, a managed application technology provider, and BluegrassNet (BGN), a leading provider of commercial and residential Internet services, are teaming to deliver e-mail services, Microsoft Office and other customized business applications from one direct source.

The partnership allows BluegrassNet to serve as an ASP by providing feature rich applications from the Vobix platform via Citrix technology or via the Web, while Vobix gains access to a robust delivery network and one of the largest commercial client bases in the region. Traditionally, ISPs would need numerous customers up front in order to realize a profit delivering applications, due in part to licensing and the cost associated with hosting the applications. But with the Vobix Managed Application Platform, BluegrassNet can deliver these applications with no financial risk, and continue to focus on its core competency of providing reliable high-speed access services.

Vobix Managed Application Platform director, Eric Paul, said, "BluegrassNet has a customer base they can sell to right now. We're basically giving this technology to them, because if they succeed with it, then we succeed." Dale Hamilton, VP of Marketing at BluegrassNet, said, "Adding value to our customer experience is always a priority at BluegrassNet. The Vobix Managed Application Platform delivers user options and choices designed for their convenience, efficiency and ease of use." Hamilton also added, "Upgrades to the newest software are usually very slow in coming because of the costs associated with software licensing, additional hardware, IT support staff and employee downtime. Including upgrades as part of a standard package eliminates barriers to the latest technology available." The platform works wonders in self-contained corporate environments as well, but its true value on the service provider market is that it allows ISPs to deliver applications while vastly simplifying the hosting and maintenance involved. The technology makes it so easy to deploy software applications that ISPs can quickly deliver applications on the platform in any volume, whether it is one customer or 1,000.

"We've built our business around the concept that getting the best technology doesn't have to be a lengthy, expensive proposition for any company or organization," said Vobix President and CEO, Tim Landgrave. "The Vobix Managed Application Platform makes it as easy as buying a CD or a book on-line, or ordering a pizza. Users can pretty much pick whatever they want."

About Vobix

Vobix is a managed application technology provider that develops, manages, supports and improves mission critical business applications to help organizations boost efficiency and focus on core competencies. For small and medium-sized organizations, Vobix provides managed software services in a hosted or self-hosted environment. For ASPs and ISPs, Vobix delivers enabling technology to help them better serve their customers. And Vobix helps large educational institutions, government agencies, and corporations realize the full potential of their technology investments by doing the heavy lifting of application and software management.

Vobix is a subsidiary of ManTech International Corp. For more information, visit http://www.vobix.com.

About BluegrassNet

BluegrassNet, a Louisville based Internet service provider, has spent the past six years in Kentucky migrating legacy business systems to modern Internet communications networks capable of capitalizing on the current e-enabled marketplace and by default, the reliable high-speed Internet services provided to its commercial and residential clients alike. Complementing traditional services such as T1, T3, Frame Relay, and ISDN, BGN currently offers the largest footprint of any single provider in the state implementing the latest access technology, Broadband access via its BlueSpeed DSL. Not limited to serving Louisville, the BGN regional area network (BGNRAN) coincides with the needs of many local clients who connect with their other geographically diverse locations. Moreover, the BGN network operations center and colocation facility is a robust platform for growth, which has seen a number of Louisville-based tech startups and ASPs spring to life.
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