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Voyager Acquires Exchange Network Services, Expanding Services in Ohio.

CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 11, 1999--Voyager Information Networks, Inc. a leading full-service Internet provider, today announced the acquisition of Cleveland, Ohio-based Exchange Network Services, Inc.

This announcement comes two weeks after Voyager's acquisition of another Ohio-based Internet service provider, Columbus's Infinite Systems Ltd. With this latest acquisition, Voyager continues to expand in the Ohio region, providing service to additional customers, and extending its network coverage throughout the region. Voyager has become the largest Midwest-based Internet service provider by acquiring and integrating other Internet services in the five-state region of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

"As one of the first Internet services in the Cleveland area, ExchangeNet is a real success story," said Chris Torto, CEO of Voyager Information Networks, Inc. "From its humble beginnings, this family run business has grown to become one of the best Internet services in the area. Combining Voyager's regional strength, resources and additional services with ExchangeNet's local presence and attention to customer support is a winning strategy."

Since 1994, ExchangeNet has gained much notoriety in part due to its co-founder, then 14-year old Michael Krause. Billed as the computer wunderkind in Forbes magazine, and the recipient of similar accolades in a myriad of other publications, Michael Krause has grown the business with his brother Daniel, now 29, and sister-in-law Kate.

Built on a foundation of Michael's technical knowledge and his older brother's business skills, today the company has more than 7,000 customers, and over 20 employees in its downtown Cleveland headquarters. ExchangeNet provides Internet services to businesses and individuals in communities in and around Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Lorain, and Lake County.

"The last five years have been a real education, and a lot of fun," said Michael Krause, who now 19, studies music at Cleveland State University. "We have all put a lot of effort into building ExchangeNet, and I look forward to seeing it continue to thrive as part of Voyager."

Through this acquisition, Voyager Information Networks, Inc. will gain an extended network with redundant connectivity, and extend its presence into Ohio. Voyager services include dial-up Internet access, dedicated business connectivity, Web hosting and publishing, high-speed cable modem access, high-speed Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service, electronic commerce and long-distance telephone services.

About Exchange Network Services, Inc.

Established in 1994, Exchange Network Services, Inc. was the second Internet service in the Cleveland area. Its Internet service set includes dial-up access, dedicated connections, and web hosting for businesses and individuals. Additional information can be found at http://www.en.com

About Voyager Information Networks, Inc.

Voyager is the leading Midwest provider of Internet connectivity and enhanced Internet services for businesses and individuals. With over six years of experience in data networking and Internet services, Voyager provides full-service Internet solutions to over 180,000 customers. Voyager provides local access to hundreds of cities from over 100 POPs in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Additional service and pricing information is available at http://www.voyager.net
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