Speakeasy the First to Distribute Firefox

January 27, 2005
January 27, 2005 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – Speakeasy, (www.speakeasy.net), the nation's largest independent broadband services provider, today announced it is the first provider to offer an official customized version of Mozilla Firefox 1.0, the award-winning web browser from the Mozilla Foundation.

Mozilla Firefox: Speakeasy Edition will empower users to browse faster, safer and more efficiently, and will be distributed as part of Speakeasy's self-install broadband service kits to its residential customers starting this month. It will also be available as a free download to anyone from www.speakeasy.net/firefox.

"We're thrilled to be the first broadband service provider to adopt Firefox, taking our customer's browsing experience to the next level. This special edition is just the first step in making browsing the web better for our customers. We plan to continually enhance the browser with features that will benefit Speakeasy's home, business and gaming subscribers," said Mike Apgar, chairman and founder of Speakeasy. Mozilla Firefox is a free, open-source web browser for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It is small, fast and easy to use, and offers many advantages over other browsers, such as increased privacy and security, tabbed browsing, and the ability to block pop-up windows.

The Mozilla Foundation introduced Firefox 1.0 in November 2004 and as of today it has been downloaded by more than 20 million consumers. "Speakeasy's customer focus is well-known and we are excited to support their efforts to create a version of Firefox 1.0 that is tailored to their customers' progressive needs," noted Mitchell Baker, President of the Mozilla Foundation. "This is a great opportunity to promote browser choice and innovation with a new audience and it is in keeping with Speakeasy's commitment to provide broadband subscribers a better Internet experience."

Mozilla Firefox: Speakeasy Edition has been customized to work best with a Speakeasy broadband connection, taking just a few seconds to download. The simple installation process quickly imports all current browser favorites, passwords and other settings. In addition to pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, increased privacy and security, embedded Google search and smoother file downloading to the computer desktop, the Speakeasy Edition of Firefox offers specialized options including select bookmarks and a custom look and feel.

In 2005, Speakeasy will add more features to its edition of the browser to enhance Speakeasy services for their customers including Voice-Over IP, business utility and network performance.
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