January 29, 1999 – Toronto – TUCOWS Interactive Limited today announced that it has reached a content distribution agreement with Netsurfer, Inc., makers of the popular NetKit ISP subscriber signup and access software. The TUCOWS Top 100, a popular collection of Internet software, will be made available to Netsurfer customer ISPs as part of NetKit ISP. NetKit ISP is currently in use by over 250 ISPs around the globe, providing TUCOWS Interactive with yet another means of distributing its popular collection of software.
“Working with Netsurfer will be of tremendous benefit to us,” says Doug McDonald, channel manager for TUCOWS. “They have cultivated an excellent reputation in the industry and with their customers for providing great sign-up solutions for their customers. We are pleased that we will be able to help them expand the scope of their product and provide their customers with great TUCOWS content.”
TUCOWS Interactive has been producing the award winning “TUCOWS Top 100” and “Best of TUCOWS” software compilation since 1995 and currently distributes it through over 300 retail locations, 100 Internet Service Providers and several OEM channels. Recently, world renowned authors, Rick Broadhead and Jim Carroll selected “TUCOWS Top 100” to be exclusively bundled with their best seller, “The Canadian Internet Handbook: 1999 Edition”.
“We are pleased to be offering this premium content to our customers,” said J. Scott Williford, executive vice president of Netsurfer. “Internet users are always looking for exciting new software to try out, and TUCOWS has always been a premier source for great new software. This arrangement allows subscribers to simply insert their installation CD for quick access to the best TUCOWS titles without even needing to go online.”
Netsurfer Inc. has been providing leading edge Internet software solutions since 1994. Its popular NetKit ISP allows Internet Service Providers to offer high-quality, customizable dialup access to their subscribers. Built-in SoftCast electronic software distribution technology lets ISPs automatically deliver software upgrades and configuration changes directly to users in the background, greatly reducing support costs. The NetsurferControl Panel graphical user interface lets ISP subscribers easily access and manage their Internet access account.
About TUCOWS Interactive Limited (http://www.tucows.com)
Started in 1994 by Scott Swedorski as a public service to new Internet users, The TUCOWS Network has earned the reputation of being the highest quality software distribution site on the Internet. Having received dozens of awards and citations, including PC Magazine Top 100, PC Computing, Yahoo!Pick of the Week and MSN Pick of the Week, The TUCOWS Network is also a member of the PC Magazine Web Hall of Fame. The TUCOWS Network has expanded to over 550 affiliate sites in over 70 countries serving over 55 million page accesses per month. Not only is The TUCOWS Network one of the busiest sites on the Internet, it is the only software archive mirrored simultaneously in Russia, China and South Africa.
About Netsurfer, Inc. (http://www.netsurfer.com)
Founded in 1994, Netsurfer provides innovative solutions for Internet service providers and greatly simplifies the Internet experience for their subscribers. NetKit ISP features the fully customized, easy-to-use Netsurfer Control Panel. New Web view feature facilitates access to popular sites for subscribers and opens revenue resource opportunities for ISPs . Netsurfer’s built-in SoftCast electronic distribution technology lets ISPs effectively manage subscribers and lower technical support costs. Netsurfer’s offices are located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Amber Fait The TUCOWS Network (810) 720-1155 firstname.lastname@example.org
Janice Lewis Netsurfer, Inc. (770) 956-SURF x 3101 email@example.com
TUCOWS, The TUCOWS Network, The Best of TUCOWS and TUCOWS Top 100 are trademarks of TUCOWS Interactive Limited.
Netsurfer, NetKit ISP and SoftCast are registered trademarks of Netsurfer, Inc.