Verio teams with US WEST, ZyXEL to bring Colorado business customers ISDN service at significant savings

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. September 15, 1998 �V Verio Inc., a leading provider of Internet connectivity, Web hosting and enhanced services to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced a joint marketing campaign with regional tele-communications company U S WEST ENTERPRISE and networking hardware manufacturer ZyXEL Communications to provide high-speed Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) access to Colorado business customers at a significant cost savings.

Through its "Start Smart" program, Verio pairs the ISDN service that the company offers on a national scale with ZyXEL��s award-winning ISDN router, the Prestige 100, and a U S WEST ISDN line. Colorado customers who sign up for the "Start Smart" program by October 29, 1998, will save more than $1,500 than if they purchased these items separately.

With ISDN access, the customer is continually connected and can download and send data up to 400 percent faster than typical dial-up access.

"Our alliance with U S WEST and ZyXEL means small and medium-size businesses now can enjoy fast, dedicated Internet service. Before, ISDN access was primarily available and affordable only to major corporations," said Doug Schneider, Regional President of Verio��s Western operations. "We��re providing business customers with reliable, proven Internet technology. They��ll also enjoy our technical expertise and hands-on support �V we��re there 24 hours a day to support our customers�� Internet needs."

"The technical expertise created by teaming with Verio and U S WEST in the Internet and intranet markets will provide users a total technology package designed for the growing challenges of today and the ever-evolving business applications of tomorrow," added John Moore, General Manager and Vice President Operations, ZyXEL Communications Inc.

The "Start Smart" program provides customers with a free ZyXEL router, 24-hour ISDN service at a low monthly fee, free Internet set-up from Verio, two free e-mail accounts, and 24-hour customer support service by e-mail or phone. U S WEST ENTERPRISE recently introduced a special pricing promotion that will enable customers to receive significant savings on U S WEST ISDN Single Line Service (SLS). During this promotion, U S WEST will waive installation fees and two months of SLS fees for ISDN-qualified customers who agree to terms of service for two, three or five years.

About Verio
Verio (NASDAQ:VRIO) is a leading provider of Internet connectivity, Web hosting and enhanced Internet services with an emphasis on serving the small and mid-sized business market. Since its inception in March 1996, Verio has rapidly established a global presence through the acquisition, integration and growth of independent Internet providers with a business customer focus that deliver locally-based sales and engineering support in 39 of the top 50 U.S. markets under the Verio brand name.

For more information on Verio, visit the company��s Web site or call 1-888-GET-VERIO. The corporate headquarters are located in Englewood, Colorado at 8005 S. Chester St., Suite 200, 80112, phone number 303.645.1900. Verio��s Colorado office is located in Englewood, Colorado at 8005 S. Chester St., Suite 200, 801112, phone number 303.708.2200.

About U S WEST
U S WEST (NYSE:USW) provides a full range of telecommunications services including wireline, wireless PCS, data networking, directory and information services, to more than 25 million customers nationally and in 14 western and Midwestern states. More information about U S WEST can be found on the Internet at

U S WEST ENTERPRISE Networking is the data networking arm of U S WEST, and can be found on the Internet at

About ZyXEL
ZyXEL Communications ( is a leading manufacturer of high-speed networking and Internet access devices. ZyXEL��s worldwide-distributed products include ISDN terminal adapters, ISDN remote access routers, modems and compatible LAN/WAN data communications products. Since its inception, ZyXEL has built a reputation as the price/performance leader in modems by providing high-quality products at affordable prices. ZyXEL is headquartered in Placentia, California at 1650 Miraloma Avenue, 92870, phone number 714-632-0882. More information on ZyXEL products can be found on the Internet at