Rogers Expands its Coverage Area to Offer More Canadians Portable Internet from Rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet



    TORONTO, March 30 /CNW/ - Rogers Cable Communications Inc. announced that
starting tomorrow, Portable Internet from Rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet will
now be available in more communities in Canada. Rogers has expanded its
coverage area to include more than 100 urban and rural areas.
    It is high-speed Internet with the flexibility to go with the customer.
Portable Internet from Rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet is designed for people
needing simple, secure and affordable Internet services whether they're
working remotely for extended periods of time, or simply looking for a more
flexible way to access the Internet. Customers can use Portable Internet
anywhere within the coverage area: move it from city to city, around the city
they're in, or move it within their own home or office. Cable or telephone
lines are not required and all a customer needs is a power outlet and they are
able to virtually go online anywhere in the Portable Internet coverage area.
    "More and more customers require a plug and play solution when accessing
the Internet, so they have the flexibility to go anywhere and still stay
connected," said Tom Turner, Vice President and General Manager of Internet
Service, Rogers. "Portable Internet from Rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet
specifically addresses this need by providing a fast, secure and easy to
set-up Internet connection where previously Internet has not been available.
It also provides customers with a plug and play solution whether they are at
the coffee shop, on the road for business or on a school campus."

    How it works:
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    Portable Internet uses state-of-the-art wireless technology to transmit
signals to and from a specially designed modem on fully licensed and protected
frequencies. It includes up to five email accounts and offers the same
comprehensive suite of services currently available to Rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed
Internet customers, such as: a suite of protection solutions, including
advanced Norton Anti-Virus software, parental controls, pop-up blocker and
spam control, as well as industry leading online music and photo services.
Customers just connect the Portable Internet modem to their computer, plug it
into a power source and they're ready to go! Portable Internet from Rogers
Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet is available in two options - one suited to dial-up
users and the other for the small or home office user with download speeds of
up to 1.5 mbps, and 256 kbps upload - up to 25 times faster than dial-up
Internet service.

    Pricing:
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    Portable Internet from Rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet is available for
$24.95 or $49.95/month plus modem purchase of $99.95. As a special
introductory offer, customers can save $5.00 per month for the first year,
plus receive free activation.
    Customers can find out more about this service and check availability in
their area by visiting http://www.rogers.com/portable

    Availability:
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    This service utilizes the Inukshuk network, a leading edge non-line of
sight wireless broadband network built by Rogers and Bell Canada, and is one
of the largest IP wireless broadband networks of its kind in the world.
    In addition to the markets currently in service, Portable Internet is now
available in the following areas across Canada:

    
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    British Columbia  Coombs, Crofton, Lantzville, Nanaimo,
                      New Songhees No. 1a, Westholme
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    Alberta           College Heights, Cremona
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    Ontario           Apsley, Baskins Beach, Baxter's Corners, Bearbrook,
                      Bethany, Brantford, Caledon, Carsonby, Cedardale,
                      Constance Bay, Dirleton, Dunrobin, Georgetown, Guelph,
                      Hawkeston, Kilmaurs, Kingston, Lakefield, Long Island
                      (Manotick), Moores Corners, Nantyr Park, Norwood,
                      Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Oshawa, Peterborough,
                      Pierces Corners, Ramsayville, Richmond, Sarnia,
                      Sheppards Grove, St. Catharines/Niagara, Sudbury,
                      Thunder Bay, Torwood Estates, Watterson Corners,
                      Woodlawn, Youngs Point
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    Quebec            Batiscan, Cap-Sante, Deschambault, Granby, Magog,
                      Mont-Tremblant, Portneuf-Station,
                      Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade, Saint-Etienne-des-Gres,
                      Sherbrooke, Ste-Hyacinthe, Salaberry de Valleyfield
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    Nova Scotia       Millbrook, Oldham
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    New Brunswick     Saint John, Moncton, Maugerville
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    Prince Edward
    Island            North Wiltshire, Pownall, Stanhope by the Sea
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    Portable Internet is currently available in the Greater Vancouver Area,
Victoria, Red Deer, Calgary, Edmonton, Greater Toronto Area, Barrie, London,
Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Ottawa, Gatineau-Hull, Quebec City,
Greater Montreal Area, Charlottetown, Halifax, Fredericton, and St. John's
Newfoundland.

    Rogers Cable Communications Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rogers
Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE:   RG), a diversified Canadian
communications and media company. Rogers Cable's advanced digital two-way
network passes approximately 3.5 million homes in Ontario, New Brunswick and
Newfoundland, with 65% basic penetration of its homes passed. Rogers Cable
pioneered high-speed Internet access and now 37% of homes passed by its cable
networks are Internet customers while 55% of its basic cable customers
subscribe to Rogers' high-speed Internet service. With 50% digital
penetration, Rogers Cable offers a leading selection of High Definition TV
programming, a complete array of Rogers On Demand services (including Video on
Demand (VOD), Subscription VOD, Personal Video Recorders and Timeshifting
channels), and an extensive line-up of sports and multicultural programming.
Rogers Cable now offers home telephone service (voice-over-cable) to
approximately 90% of its cable territory and, combined with its circuit
switched telephony subscribers, has over 715,000 local telephony customers.
Rogers Cable also owns and operates 468 Rogers Retail stores.
    Additional information on Rogers is available at www.rogers.com.




For further information:

For further information: Nancy Cottenden, Rogers Cable, (416) 935-4726,
nancy.cottenden@rci.rogers.com

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