Barrier communications and Pronto Networks light up fire island, NY with Wi-Fi

Fire Island, NY and Pleasanton, CA – February 23, 2006 — Barrier Communications, LCC, a wireless systems integrator and service provider, announces the availability of Wi-Fi access services in the community of Fire Island, NY. Pronto, a leader in carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing Wi-Fi access networks for large-scale broadband community-wide Hotzones, will be providing the operations of the Fire Island Wi-Fi network and the management of the back-office service applications.

“Fire Island visitors have been seeking wireless Internet access from public areas for quite some time, and we now provide them flexible choices for Internet access,” said James Gerbig, president of Barrier Communications. “We chose Pronto Networks for their proven track record in deploying metro Wi-Fi networks for Public Internet access. Partnering with Pronto allows us to support Public Safety and other municipality connectivity requirements as well.”

The current BarrierFreeSM “Enjoy Freedom” coverage area includes the entire barrier beach community of Fire Island, located 45 minutes outside of New York City. This premier getaway spot with sand dune beaches rolling out into the Atlantic Ocean is now the latest of the nation’s wireless locales. Users have the choice of registering for a residential plan for $34.95 per month, the BarrierFree Canopy residential plan, or a non-recurring monthly, weekly or a single day BarrierFree prepaid plan for varied rates.

Carol Highton, Pronto Networks’ GM for the Americas remarked, “What makes Barrier a great partner to work with is their focus on the requirements for metro markets, and the desire to create a network that can handle the needs of today with the flexibility to accommodate the applications and the business models of the future. Our solution has been tried and tested in a myriad of different municipal environments, and we’re confident that our solution will continue to meet the needs of Fire Island and other municipalities well into the future.”

Pronto’s solution has been chosen by dozens of cities deploying metro-scale, broadband wireless networks, including Chaska, MN; Cerritos, CA; Corpus Christi, TX; Daytona Beach, FL; Fire Island, NY; Lompoc, CA; Tulsa, OK; Nantucket, MA, and Wilmington, DE. Pronto’s flagship product — UniFi OSS — is an open, standards-based converged services platform that enables operators to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy broadband wireless networks and deliver next-generation applications and services. Pronto’s OSS can support any kind of municipal broadband network model – public, private, mixed-use, and carrier-neutral. This ability to support both mixed use public and private applications on one network, and to provide tiered Quality of Service (QoS) levels to different user groups, enables operators to deliver customized services while minimizing upfront investment and ongoing maintenance costs. The ability to support multiple VLANs and sublet excess capacity in a carrier-neutral, wholesale model helps cities earn a faster return on investment. Access-agnostic, Pronto’s OSS platform is future proof to emerging technologies beyond Wi-Fi, such as WiMAX and fixed mobile convergence.

About Pronto Networks
Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, Calif., provides a carrier-class operations support system (OSS) that enables service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively provision, deploy and manage large-scale, broadband wireless networks. The company’s core software product, UniFi OSS Platform, handles provisioning, multiple authentication options, subscriber management, captive portal customization, prepaid and post-paid billing, customer care, remote network management and roaming settlement. It also serves as a flexible platform for delivering next-generation services. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year. In 2003, the company received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

For more information, please contact:
Barrier Communications
Pronto Networks Headquarters
Nandu Desai
Tel: 925.227.5507
Email: marketing@prontonetworks.com