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Towerstream Selected as Finalist for Best of WiMAX World USA Awards' Industry Choice
Sep 26, 2007 (08:09 AM EDT)

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. and PHOENIX, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- xchange magazine announced today that Towerstream , a leading fixed wireless Internet provider currently operating in eight major metropolitan areas, has been selected as a finalist to receive the Industry Choice Best of WiMAX World USA 2007 Award for its nationwide network. This is the second year in a row that Towerstream has been chosen as a finalist. The awards recognize leaders in the development and deployment of WiMAX technologies.

"This is a tremendous honor for Towerstream and validation of our quality of service, technology expertise and customer commitment," said Jeff Thompson, CEO of Towerstream. "In the coming months, we look forward to expanding our network and offerings to better serve businesses of all sizes across the country."

Nominations were open to exhibitors, sponsors and presenters of the WiMAX World USA Conference and Expo, Sept. 25-27 in Chicago, IL. Having received more than 80 submissions, a select judging panel of experts from the WiMAX community narrowed the field to 16 finalists, including Towerstream's network. It is now up to their peers to determine the winner.

Conference delegates will vote for the Industry Choice Award at the event, and the winner will be announced during the WiMAX World USA Awards presentation following the close of the first day's convention sessions. Hosted by Eliot Weinman, conference co-chair and president of Trendsmedia, the events and publishing division of Yankee Group that produces WiMAX World Conferences & Expos, and by Kelly Teal, Business & Regulatory Editor and Tara Seals, associate editor, of xchange, the awards also will be given to outstanding WiMAX technology innovators in six additional categories. All winners will be featured in the November issue of xchange as well as on the WiMAX World and xchange Web sites.

"xchange congratulates all the finalists in this contest. The WiMAX World community is proving to be a fertile ground for innovation, so making the cut is an honor in itself," said Mike Saxby, publisher of xchange.

Eliot Weinman, conference co-chair added, "On behalf of WiMAX World, I congratulate Towerstream for being selected as a finalist for this award. The Industry Choice finalists represent the best and brightest WiMAX technology, services and network implementations in the world."

Finalists were selected by an independent judging panel, including Craig Mathias, principal, Farpoint Group; Will Strauss, principal analyst, Forward Concepts; Adlane Fellah, CEO and founder, Maravedis Inc.; Caroline Gabriel, lead research analyst, Rethink Research; Philip Marshall, vice president of enabling technologies, Yankee Group; James Farstadt, founder and president, rClient LLC; Michael Khalilian, chairman and president IMS Forum; and representatives from xchange and Trendsmedia.

For more information on the Best of WiMAX World USA Awards, visit .

About Towerstream

Towerstream is a leading fixed wireless service provider in the U.S., delivering high-speed Internet access to businesses. Founded in 2000, the company has established pre-WiMAX networks in markets such as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, the greater Boston area, and Providence and Newport, RI, and continues to expand coverage throughout the United States. The company was the first carrier selected to join the WiMAX Forum to assist leading vendors in establishing industry compliance with international broadband wireless access standards and cross-vendor interoperability. For more information, please visit .

About xchange

Founded in 1996, xchange is a monthly magazine for facilities-based service providers offering voice, data, wireless, IP, WiMAX and content. Its seasoned editors do more than simply report on industry news; they dig beneath the surface to provide analysis on what new equipment, new services, new regulatory activities and other new developments mean to xchange's readers. The publication has a quarterly IPTV supplement called On the Tube; an annual print and online buyer's guide; a companion Web site, ; a weekly newsletter, xchange xtra; and it hosts Webinars and publishes eBooks on special topics on a periodic basis.

About Trendsmedia

Trendsmedia is the events and publishing division of Yankee Research Group, Inc, and produces industry leading events and research serving emerging technology markets. Trendsmedia's mission is to help their clients stay ahead of the major technology trends that are likely to impact their businesses significantly. Trendsmedia provides their clients with independently researched and produced media products that target emerging technology markets in depth, including focused conferences, independently produced online media, and in-depth newsletters and market intelligence studies. For more, see .

About WiMAX World Conference & Expo

WiMAX World Conference & Expo is the largest event series in the world focused on WiMAX and mobile broadband. WiMAX World Conference & Expo is dedicated to providing a balanced view of where WiMAX stands today and what role it will play in the future of one of the fastest-growing market segments in the world - wireless and mobile broadband. WiMAX World incorporates all of today's converging and diverging issues surrounding WiMAX and mobile broadband. WiMAX World provides a comprehensive view of all the related technologies, as well as regulatory and spectrum challenges, and the business opportunities and risks as they relate to all the key constituencies involved in this critical marketplace. In 2008, WiMAX World will be produced in Asia, Europe and the United States. For more information, visit .

CONTACT: Media, Kristin Conforti of Dukas Public Relations,, ; Investors, Terry McGovern of VisionAdvisors, +1-415-902-3001, both for Towerstream

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