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"Rural Illinois Residents to Receive High-Speed Broadband Services."

Paxton, Ill. (June 29, 2006) - Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative (Paxton, Ill.), IlliCom Telecommunications (Paxton, Ill.), and USA Broadband (Jerseyville, Ill.) have joined forces to offer CONXXUS , a broadband Internet company that will focus on providing a wide range of high-speed broadband services to rural residents within Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative's 10-county service territory.

Eastern Illini President/CEO Dave Champion said, "With this merger, CONXXUS will now have the ability to effectively serve all of our members with much-needed broadband services. It's simply another way Eastern Illini is showing our dedication to the rural communities we serve. With CONXXUS, nobody in our area will be left behind in the digital age."

USA Broadband President, Barry Goodwin, added, "CONXXUS has a solid foundation already established in the Paxton community. We will continue to provide these same quality services and outstanding customer relations, while effectively expanding our service territory to include all of east central Illinois . Broadband technology is critical for the economic development of rural Illinois . CONXXUS will provide that technology."

The CONXXUS product line will consist of the following services: high-speed broadband Internet; Voice-over-Internet telephone (VoIP); and a full range of video services. Goodwin noted, "The CONXXUS product offerings will provide rural residents, businesses, and farmers with unprecedented access to such things as: Virtual Private Networks (VPN); distance learning opportunities; telecommuting (working from the home); tele-medicine; and complete connectivity throughout whole towns.

USA Broadband, LLC, is the premier provider of high-speed wireless broadband Internet, voice communication and video services to rural communities. The company is focused on providing a superior broadband product backed with exceptional customer care. USA Broadband, LLC, is a joint venture of NOW Wireless, LLC and Missouri Farmers Union Services, Inc..

Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative is a member-owned rural electric cooperative based in Paxton , Ill. that supplies energy solutions to approximately 11,000 members. Eastern Illini also offers telecommunication solutions and water quality solutions. Eastern Illini is a member of Touchstone Energy - an alliance of over 620 electric cooperatives serving over 22 million customers around the country.

IlliCom Telecommunications, a subsidiary of Eastern Illini,is a provider of high-speed wireless internet services, website design and hosting, video/internet services for multiple dwelling units, and dial-up internet services in eastern Illinois .




























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