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Conterra® President Dennis Francis Recognized by Six Texas Universities for Engineering Achievements

Charlotte, North Carolina—April 16, 2009:
Conterra Telecom Services’ President, Chief Operating and Technology Officer, Dennis B. Francis, P.E., has been recognized by six Texas universities for his achievements and dedication to the field of Industrial Engineering with the first Life Time Achievement Award for Industrial Engineering jointly given by these institutions. The six Texas universities that presented this award to Mr. Francis are The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, The University of Houston, The University of Texas at El Paso, and Lamar University. Mr. Francis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas (UTA) where he was President of the Industrial Engineering Honors Society, Alpha Pi Mu. He has also completed several graduate level executive programs including MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research Program, the Georgetown University Strategic Business Leadership Program and the University of Texas at Dallas Executive Professional Coaching Program.

Mr. Francis’ professional career accomplishments include more than 27 years of telecommunications experience with a focus on technology, operations, business and strategy. He has worked for several Fortune 500 companies as well as small, start‐up business and technology firms, and has received several high level federal government advisory appointments. Mr. Francis served on the Executive Committee of President Bush’s Advisory Council on National Telecommunications Security and is a past Chairman of the Cellular Telephone Industry Association’s CTO Council. He has been a licensed professional engineer since 1989. “As a long‐time business colleague and friend, I am delighted to see Dennis receive such well earned recognition for his many accomplishments in advancing this country’s wired and wireless telecommunications infrastructure and capabilities, particularly in underserved rural communities,” commented Conterra’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Leeolou. “ It is also fitting that this first‐of‐its‐kind award was given by institutions of higher learning in the state of Texas, where Dennis’ telecommunications career began and where our company today provides important services to rural school districts and other critical public service organizations in some very remote areas of such a geographically vast state, ” added Mr. Leeolou. Mr. Francis currently oversees all of the day‐to‐day engineering, operations, sales and marketing of Conterra Telecom Services.

About Conterra Telecom Services
Conterra Telecom Services, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a national provider of facilities‐based broadband services for schools, wireless carriers and select enterprises that require bandwidth intensive, carrier‐grade data, video and voice transport services primarily in outer suburban and rural markets. Privately owned, Conterra was established by the founders and members of management of Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc., which became one of the first and largest independent cellular companies in the United States. Started in 1982, Vanguard designed, built and operated its own point‐to‐point microwave transport systems to support wireless voice and data traffic within its cellular networks throughout the country which are now part of AT&T Wireless. For more information about Conterra, visit www.conterra.com or call: 7049361800.
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Texas Students Receive Access to Rural Broadband Services

Bridging the Digital Divide: High-Speed Internet Access to Become a Reality

Charlotte, NC March 4, 2009– Conterra Telecom Services , a national broadband services company specializing in rural areas, has been awarded a seven year contract to provide high-quality, high-speed wireless wide area network services to the Wireless Internet Consortium, lead by Texas Region 10 Educational Service Center (ESC) for 38 member school districts. The Ethernet-based microwave radio network will upgrade service currently provided by the Consortium’s current low bandwidth network to a state-of-the art Ethernet based, wide area broadband network connecting its member districts to Region 10’s administration building located in Richardson. The telecommunication services provided by Conterra are supported through the federal E-Rate program which subsidizes a large portion of the consortium member’s costs of utilizing the new services.

Conterra’s managed broadband networks support the convergence of integrated data, video and voice services on single circuits allowing the consolidation of multiple service providers to a single source of performance accountability. Conterra monitors, manages and supports its networks on a 24x7x365 basis and guarantees network performance and reliability. In addition to Internet access, Conterra’s network services will be used to support Region 10’s videoconferencing network which provides student credit courses, virtual field trips, graduate degrees and certifications for district staff members along with professional development support.

“Broadband Internet service has not been available to many school districts throughout Region 10’s service area, says Gary Bowers, Assistant Director Telecommunications,” So we formed a consortium that will provide each school district 20 Mbps of Internet access through Conterra’s carrier class broadband wireless network. Conterra exceeded all our requirements including a design that will support increased bandwidth in future years.”

The Region 10 Wide Area Network services contract is one of three major E-Rate telecommunications contracts recently awarded to Conterra in Texas. A similar Conterra high-speed broadband network project in Region 14 ESC became operational last summer, and a new broadband network services contract for Region 15 ESC has recently been awarded to the company. When these broadband networks are completed, Conterra will bring high-quality, high-speed, Ethernet-based broadband and Internet services to 125 Texas school districts at performance levels comparable to those enjoyed by schools in the state’s largest metropolitan areas. “The real convergence that serves rural school districts’ needs best is when new technology and appropriate funding sources combine to overcome the realties of distance and demographics in providing equal learning opportunities to all American school children,” commented Conterra’s President, Dennis Francis. “We are proud to be part of such a worthwhile, long-term project as the one in Texas’ Region 10 school district consortium,” he added.

About Conterra Telecom Services
Conterra Telecom Services, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a national provider of facilities-based broadband services for schools, wireless carriers and select enterprises that require bandwidth intensive, carrier-grade data, video and voice transport services primarily in outer suburban and rural markets. Conterra and its subsidiaries currently provide these services to over 1,000 K-12 schools and colleges throughout the United States, affording state-of-the-art broadband services to hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and administrators.

Privately owned, Conterra was established by the founders and members of management of Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc., which became one of the first and largest independent cellular companies in the United States. Started in 1982, Vanguard designed, built and operated its own point-to-point microwave transport systems to support wireless voice and data traffic within its mostly rural cellular networks throughout the country which are now part of AT&T Mobility. For more information about Conterra, visit www.conterra.com or call: 800-634-1374.

Navajo Nation Bridges the Digital Divide

Interactive Video Conferencing and Distance Learning a Reality for Navajo Students

Charlotte, NC- February 27, 2009— Conterra Telecom Services (Conterra), a national broadband services company specializing in rural areas, has announced the commencement of high-speed wireless wide area network service for the Northeast Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education (N.A.T.I.V.E.). The 100 Mbps Ethernet based microwave radio network connects all of the eight member district high schools through 66 of their Career Technical classrooms. A five year contract was awarded to Conterra through the federal E-Rate program which subsidizes a large portion of the District’s costs for the new services.

N.A.T.I.V.E. is a Joint Technological Education District in Arizona working in partnership with eight area high schools: Chinle, Ganado, Pinon, Monument Valley, Red Mesa, Tuba City, Valley, and Window Rock, all located on the Navajo Nation. Its mission is to provide Career Technical Education for all its students. The N.A.T.I.V.E. district spans 22,000 square miles throughout three counties, servicing an average of 4,000 students annually. The average distance between N.A.T.I.V.E. high schools is 101 miles and 78% of student traveled roads to school are unpaved. High quality, high-speed broadband services were virtually non-existent on most parts of the Navajo Nation, but this has now changed.

In the fall of 2008, Conterra teamed with BNI Solutions, a subsidiary of Numerex Corporation, to deploy a high-speed, fiber optic quality wireless broadband network, which provides Internet access and on-demand interactive video conferencing services (H.323 technology) to students, administrators and faculty. Conterra monitors, manages and supports the network on a 24X7X365 basis and guarantees network performance and reliability. These sites now share curriculum, receive college-level courses for students, receive professional career development support, plan team-taught multi-site lessons, and share individual expertise. The Interactive Video Conferencing Distance Learning Network lets students at any location take classes from all over the world. This network is the first of its kind on the Navajo Nation.

“The extreme distances between sites and the isolated rural environment of the Navajo Nation make video conferencing distance learning the only option for providing curriculum equity to our students. Through the vision of the N.A.T.I.V.E. Governing Board, implementation of interactive distance learning across a high speed microwave network reduces the negative impact of isolation, and opens the door to a wide variety of career training opportunities”, said Karen Lesher, Superintendent of the N.A.T.I.V.E. District. “Even though N.A.T.I.V.E. District entered into unchartered areas by building the 100 Mbps WAN across the Navajo Nation, the Conterra Telecom team made the challenge easy. The Conterra solution was flawless and the end WAN product is 100% reliable. Their expertise, perseverance, and experience made what could have remained ‘our vision’ into ‘our reality’. Our students are benefiting today by having otherwise inaccessible college level career programs now available at their sites.”

“ We are extremely gratified to be able to utilize our many years of technology and telecommunications experience to deliver services to students and teachers in parts of the Navajo Nation that might otherwise be unable to access the growing number of ‘distance learning’ opportunities available through the Internet, noted Conterra’s President, Dennis Francis. “This is a great example of the federal E-rate funding program achieving its intended result of bridging America’s digital divide by making sure locations and economics do not stand in the way of equal education opportunities for all American school children,” added Mr. Francis.

The N.A.T.I.V.E. Wide Area Network (WAN) contract is one of four major E-Rate telecommunications projects recently awarded to Conterra. Three similar contracts for Conterra’s high-speed broadband networks have been awarded in rural Texas through the federal E-Rate program. Texas Region 14 ESC became operational last summer and new broadband networks for Region 10 and 15 have been started. When these broadband networks are completed, Conterra will bring high-quality, high-speed Ethernet based broadband and Internet services to 125 Texas school districts at performance levels comparable to those enjoyed by schools in the state’s largest metropolitan areas.

About Conterra Telecom Services
Conterra Telecom Services, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a national provider of facilities-based broadband services for schools, wireless carriers and select enterprises that require bandwidth intensive, carrier-grade data, video and voice transport services primarily in outer suburban and rural markets. Conterra and its subsidiaries currently provide these services to over 1,000 K-12 schools and colleges throughout the United States, affording broadband services to hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and administrators.

Privately owned, Conterra was established by the founders and members of management of Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc., which became one of the first and largest independent cellular companies in the United States. Started in 1982, Vanguard designed, built and operated its own point-to-point microwave transport systems to support wireless voice and data traffic within its mostly rural cellular networks throughout the country which are now part of AT&T Mobility. For more information about Conterra, visit www.conterra.com or call: 800-634-1374.

About BNI Solutions
BNI Solutions is a subsidiary of Numerex Corp, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Numerex provides a broad choice of secure machine-to-machine (M2M) network services and solutions. Numerex delivers a depth of expertise and excellence through its service platforms that leading companies choose to power their solutions. Numerex is the first M2M Company in North America to carry ISO 27001 certification — ISO’s highest information security benchmark that ensures data confidentiality, integrity and availability. The Company offers its products and services through a variety of brands and OEM partners, including Uplink, Orbit One, Ublip and BNI Solutions. BNI has an extensive history providing complete broadband system solutions to a wide range of users in the education, government, medical and business communities. For more information on Numerex and BNI Solutions, visit our Web site at: www.numerex.com

“Statements contained in this press release concerning Numerex that are not historical fact are “forward-looking” statements and involve important risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties, which are detailed in Numerex’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could cause Numerex’s results to differ materially from current expectations as expressed in this press release.”

Rural Texas Students to Receive Federally Backed Broadband Services from Conterra

February 25, 2009; Charlotte, NC– Conterra Telecom Services, a national broadband services company specializing in rural areas, has been awarded a seven year contract to provide high-quality, high-speed wireless wide area network services to the” NetXV Consortium,” a collaborative technology initiative among Texas Region 15 Educational Service Center (ESC-XV) members.

Conterra will deploy a state-of-the-art microwave radio based, Ethernet network covering much of the ESC-15 region and will provide services to replace NetXV Consortium’s current lower bandwidth Video Conferencing and Distance Learning network. Conterra’s wide area broadband network will provide fiber optic quality Internet voice, video and data services to 43 of ESC XV’s member districts. The contract was awarded to Conterra through the federal E-Rate program which subsidizes a large portion of the consortium member’s costs of the new broadband services. The NetXV Consortium membership consists of mostly small, remote school districts that are disbursed across a massive land area of some 25,000 square miles. Ubiquitous high-quality, high-speed broadband services are virtually non-existent across these rural parts of ESC XV; but this is about to change.

Conterra’s intelligent broadband networks support the convergence of integrated data, video and voice services on a single circuit which provides for a single source of telecommunication transport services and performance accountability. The new wide area broadband network will connect the participating consortium members to ESC-XV’s regional offices located in San Angelo. Conterra will monitor, manage and support the network on a 24X7X365 basis and deliver network performance and reliability levels comparable to those in optical fiber networks which are primarily located in major urban areas.

“We are very excited to enter into this agreement between ESC Region XV, Conterra, and our member districts. The services we provide our districts will be greatly impacted”, according to Scot Goen, the ESC’s Executive Director. “Distance learning, video quality, speed, and increased bandwidth in our districts will allow them to explore educational opportunities that have not been available to them in the past. We have several districts in our region implementing one-to-one laptop initiatives and the increased bandwidth through this project will allow many users to access the internet at anytime without the delays they once experienced. This is the direction technology is taking us. With the Wireless Wide Area Network project, we will be able to provide better services to our districts, and they in turn, will be better equipped to prepare their students for the 21st century”, added Mr. Goen.

The Region XV Wide Area Network services contract is one of three major E-Rate subsidized telecommunications projects recently awarded to Conterra in rural Texas. A similar Conterra high-speed broadband network to service Region XIV ESC became operational last summer and a new broadband network for Region X ESC is also currently being deployed. “Through our state-of-the-art broadband networks, Conterra will deliver high-quality, high-speed Ethernet broadband and Internet services to 125 Texas school districts at performance levels comparable to those enjoyed by schools in the state’s largest metropolitan areas,” commented Conterra’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Dennis Francis. “And, thanks to the federal E-rate program, which subsidizes a large portion of essential telecommunication services for underserved school districts, students and teachers in rural Texas will not have to wait on funding from the government’s new Stimulus Package to take advantage of new video-based educational opportunities that are available right now through the Internet,” added Mr. Francis.
About Conterra Telecom Services
Conterra Telecom Services, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a national provider of facilities-based broadband services for schools, wireless carriers and select enterprises that require bandwidth intensive, carrier-grade data, video and voice transport services primarily in outer suburban and rural markets. Conterra and its subsidiaries currently provide these services to over 1,000 K-12 schools and colleges throughout the United States, affording broadband services to hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and administrators.
Privately owned, Conterra was established by the founders and members of management of Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc., which became one of the first and largest independent cellular companies in the United States. Started in 1982, Vanguard designed, built and operated its own point-to-point microwave transport systems to support wireless voice and data traffic within its mostly rural cellular networks throughout the country which are now part of AT&T Mobility. For more information about Conterra, visit www.conterra.com or call: 800- 634-1374.

West Texas Students Don’t Need to Wait for New Stimulus Package to Access Subsidized Rural Broadband Services

Bridging the Digital Divide

Charlotte, NC February 24, 2009– Conterra Telecom Services (Conterra) has announced the commencement of high-speed wireless wide area network service to 44 member school districts and colleges of the West Texas Telecommunications Consortium (WTTC) located in the Texas Region 14 Education Service Center (ESC). The 100 Mbps Ethernet based microwave radio network connects member districts and colleges to the main WTTC office located in Abilene. A five year contract was awarded to Conterra through the federal E-Rate program which covers a large portion of the consortium member’s costs.

Conterra’s intelligent broadband networks support the convergence of integrated data, video and voice services on a single circuit that minimizes the number of service providers and provides for a single source of accountability. The Conterra network is now providing Internet access to over 15,000 WTTC endpoints, Internet video conferencing and distance learning service to more than 200 locations and Voice over IP service to members. Conterra monitors, manages and supports the WTTC network on a 24X7X365 basis and guarantees network performance and reliability.

“Conterra has provided the educational community of west central Texas with the most reliable and cost effective voice, video, and data transport infrastructure we could possibly have acquired in this rural part of our state,”

said Mr. Simoneau the Wide Area Network Director for WTTC, in a statement given this week.

“Their solution was the best solution that met the needs of all of the member districts of our consortium and has been a wonderful addition to the strategic plan of the West Texas Telecommunications Consortium. The network has been reliable from day one, the service and support has been prompt and efficient, and the people from Conterra I have worked with have been most helpful since the project began. The WTTC and its members are extremely pleased that the decision was made to partner with Conterra Ultra Broadband in this endeavor.”

The Region 14 ESC wide area network is the first of three major E-Rate telecommunications projects for Conterra in Texas. Conterra is currently deploying Wide Area Networks for the Region 10 and Region 15 ESCs, which will bring high-quality; high-speed Ethernet based broadband and Internet services to 125 Texas school districts at performance levels comparable to those enjoyed by schools in the state’s largest metropolitan areas.

“It is extremely gratifying to be able to utilize our many years of technology and telecommunications experience to deliver services to students and teachers in parts of Texas that might otherwise be unable to access the growing number of ‘distance learning’ opportunities available through the Internet, noted Conterra’s President , Dennis Francis. “This is a great example of the federal E-rate funding program achieving its intended result of making sure locations and economics do not stand in the way of equal education opportunities for all American school children,” added Mr. Francis.

About Conterra Telecom Services
Conterra Telecom Services, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a national provider of facilities-based broadband services for schools, wireless carriers and select enterprises that require bandwidth intensive, carrier-grade data, video and voice transport services primarily in outer suburban and rural markets. Conterra and its subsidiaries currently provide these services to over 1,000 K-12 schools and colleges throughout the United States, affording broadband services to hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and administrators.

Privately owned, Conterra was established by the founders and members of management of Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc., which became one of the first and largest independent cellular companies in the United States. Started in 1982, Vanguard designed, built and operated its own point-to-point microwave transport systems to support wireless voice and data traffic within its mostly rural cellular networks throughout the country which are now part of AT&T Mobility. For more information about Conterra, visit www.conterra.com or call: 800-634-1374.