March 31, 2006

Special Announcement for April 1, 2006

As many of you know, each year the Internet must be shut down for 24 hours in order to allow us to clean it. The cleaning process, which eliminates dead email and inactive ftp, www and gopher sites, allows for a better working and faster Internet.

This year, the cleaning process will take place from 12:01 a.m.. GMT on April 1st until 12:01 a.m, GMT on April 2nd During that 24-hour period, five powerful Internet search engines situated around the world will search the Internet and delete any data that they find.

In order to protect your valuable data from deletion we ask that you do the following:

1. Disconnect all terminals and local area networks from their Internet connections.

2. Shut down all Internet servers, or disconnect them from the Internet.

3. Disconnect all disks and hard drives from any connections to the Internet.

4. Refrain from connecting any computer to the Internet in any way.

We understand the inconvenience that this may cause some Internet users, and we apologize. However, we are certain that any inconveniences will be more than made up for by the increased speed and efficiency of the Internet, once it has been cleared of electronic flotsam and jetsam.

We thank you for your cooperation.

Interconnected Network Maintenance staff, Main branch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Please notify your friends relatives and business associates on this event so they too will be prepared.


Los Angeles, CA - March 30, 2006 -
Southcoast Bellcom, a subsidiary of PCG Communications, is preparing to join telephone companies throughout the U.S. in a nationwide cleaning of all fibre optic phone and telecom lines this coming Friday.

"We do this about every 10 years," said a Richard Schvanski, spokesperson for the National Telephone Association. "Over time, dust
collects in the fibre optic lines and this leads to weak connections and static, as well as to broken and slow Internet connectivity."

To clean the lines, Schvanski said, all telephone companies will use air compressors at their central locations in each city to blow a blast of air through phone lines and cable networks.

The 10-minute process will cause dust to blow through telephone receivers, fax and answering machines, and both traditional PC and DSL
modems in homes and offices throughout the U.S.

Schvanski explained that most people are being urged to set a newspaper under their telecom devices and computers before going to bed Friday night. The cleaning will be done between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. so as to disturb as few people as possible, he said.

In the past, the spokesperson said, some people have put a plastic baggy over their telephone's handset to catch the dust, or wrapped the handset with a cloth to keep dust from getting on their furniture.

Cell phones, pagers, and other wireless devices are not affected.

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