Carrier Source Inks Master Agent Agreement With New Edge Networks

March 1, 2010

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Carrier Source Inks Master Agent Agreement With New Edge Networks

LAS VEGAS, March 1 -- CHANNEL PARTNERS SHOW -- New Edge Networks, the managed services business communications unit of EarthLink Inc., is pleased to announce that Carrier Source, a leading one-stop telecommunications management company specializing in business services, has signed on as a Master Agent.

By partnering with New Edge, Carrier Source and its subagents gain access to a fully managed MPLS network that can service 95% of business addresses in the U.S., in addition to New Edge's sales, engineering and project management support.

Carrier Source specializes in retail business customers with 50 or more locations, many of which are looking to roll out, replace or grow their broadband connectivity storewide. Its client base is continually evaluating connectivity options to multiple chain store locations that can accommodate increasingly bandwidth-intensive applications with a high level network stability and reliability.

"Our retail customers have gone beyond basic Point of Sale (POS) and credit card swipes over their WAN.  Today's applications require more bandwidth, bandwidth guarantees and network stability. The fact that New Edge has completely upgraded its backbone to a true MPLS solution helps eliminate some of the inherent issues with DSL and helps mitigate PCI compliance issues. With New Edge's MPLS network, we can deliver and guarantee the bandwidth needed at the price points our retail customers require," stated Dave Jackson, Vice President of Business Development for Carrier Source.

Carrier Source has also leveraged the New Edge EVDO wireless solution as a significant step in overcoming one of the biggest hurdles in deploying network connectivity within shopping malls. The company has found that by using New Edge's EVDO it can eliminate the local loop and all the wiring between the main mall D-MARC and the customer premise, not only shortening the install timeframe but also helping to reduce wiring charges.

New Edge offers MPLS across a private EVDO wireless connection, which is a perfect fit for many retail locations, as well as an attractive backup network solution for customers in all industries. New Edge also has the unique ability to offer MPLS over ADSL, which provides a low cost solution for customers who have applications requiring a private network, but can not justify the expense of a T-1 network.

As a New Edge Agent Partner, Carrier Source has access to New Edge's direct sales support to assist on any customer opportunity. "New Edge's channel neutral structure allows our team to partner with the New Edge direct sales force versus competing with them," explained Jackson. "This team sales approach is a distinct advantage of working with New Edge."

New Edge Vice President of Agent Channel JR Cook added, "New Edge has seen a dramatic increase in activity from our Agents over the past year, especially in the Western region. With our nationwide MPLS network, we have been focusing on identifying premier partners on the east coast. The ability to partner with a Master Agent at the level of Carrier Source is a huge step in that direction. Their expertise in the Retail Sector makes them a perfect partner in a vertical industry in which New Edge already excels. Carrier Source's commitment to their customers also makes this a great fit."

About New Edge Networks

New Edge Networks provides managed IP-based based networks through a mix of private and public connections to deliver secure, managed network solutions. Connecting business sites at virtually any address in the United States, New Edge allows businesses to choose any blend of available access technologies - from DSL and T1 lines to fiber-optic connections - for building secure MPLS networks with performance guarantees managed over an award-winning portal. A wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based EarthLink Inc., (NASDAQ: ELNK), New Edge is based in Vancouver, Wash. For more information visit or call 1-360-693-9009.

Source: New Edge Networks

CONTACT:  Michele Sadwick of New Edge Networks, +1-404-748-7255,

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