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MindSpring Builds Point of Presence in Phoenix

ATLANTA (September 2, 1998) - MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPG) today announced it has built an Internet Point of Presence (POP) in Phoenix, Arizona and is beginning to move customers from the third-party network it had been utilizing for its customers in the Valley. The new facility features state-of-the-art 3Com USRobotics networking equipment and supports the new v.90 protocol for 56K modem connections.

"MindSpring is proud to be a part of the Phoenix community," said Mike McQuary, president and chief operating officer of MindSpring. "We are confident this new POP will provide our customers with the fastest and most reliable analog Internet connections available in the Valley of the Sun."

MindSpring acquired Phoenix-based Web hosting company Internet Direct in January of this year, and will expand its Phoenix operations to include a state-of-the-art call center in the third quarter of this year. MindSpring first introduced its service to Phoenix in the third quarter of 1996, when it acquired the Pipeline and InterRamp consumer dial-up subscribers of PSINet, Inc. MindSpring also offers service in Tuscon.

About MindSpring
MindSpring is a leading Internet service provider focused on delivering outstanding service and support to its customers. By following its core values and beliefs, MindSpring is committed to doing an exceptional job of serving its customers, its employees, its owners and its community. MindSpring's dial-up subscribers can browse the World Wide Web, send electronic mail, participate in informative online chats and access over 20,000 newsgroups. MindSpring offers local Internet service in more than 375 locations throughout the United States. MindSpring is also a leading provider of Web Hosting services and domain registrations.

PC World presented MindSpring with its "World Class Award for Best ISP" in July 1998. In November 1997, MindSpring earned CNET: The Computer Network's "Buy It" recommendation as the national ISP providing the best value. Smart Money magazine called MindSpring "The Better Option" to AOL in February 1998, followed by a "Best Buy" recommendation from Smart Money Interactive in June 1998. MindSpring was given Home Office Computing's "Best Buy" for Web Hosting in its April 1998 issue. FamilyPC, in its July 1998 issue, named MindSpring's home page the "Best ISP Start Page." Upside Magazine said  MindSpring "understands the value of service, community and brand in the cold world of the Net," in its February 1998 analysis of the top 150 technology companies in the United States.
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