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Raymond Robinson
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AT&T Wireless

Sibyl Langley


Leading Civic Resource Continues Growth and Expansion

CHARLOTTE, NC - March 4, 2002 - Mayor’s office and Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners team up with Neighborhood Link to offer Charlotte and Mecklenburg County neighborhoods and community-based organizations free Web sites. -

Mayor Pat McCrory and the Mecklenburg County Commissioner Parks Helms today announced the launch of Neighborhood Link in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Neighborhood Link, (, the Internet-based community network that enables neighborhoods and community organizations in participating metropolitan areas to create their own free, interactive Web sites today welcomed the city of Charlotte and all municipalities in the greater Charlotte metro area to their online community. The addition of Charlotte’s 540 new online neighborhoods brings the total number of Neighborhood Link cities deployed to 43 since launching in October 1998 and the total of neighborhoods online to nearly 33,000.

“Neighborhood Link allows us to maintain a complete list of all neighborhood associations in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, which makes it easier for the government to communicate with neighborhoods and for neighborhoods to communicate with each other,” said Mayor McCrory.

Neighborhood Link’s alliance with AT&T Wireless facilitated the deployment of over 500 free neighborhood Web sites in the Charlotte metro area. Neighborhood Link is offering a unique service on the Web by bringing people together within a neighborhood

and offering them a chance to build a stronger sense of community and a closer link to the local civic community. By offering its users the ability to set up their own free neighborhood Web sites, Neighborhood Link has become the first Internet company to offer civic communication between citizens and the local government.

“We currently host more nearly 33,000 neighborhoods across the country and are helping these visitors to build stronger communities within each city by serving as their primary resource for civic communication,” said Ted Pinkowitz, president and CEO of Neighborhood Link. “We are very excited that a major wireless company like AT&T Wireless has selected Neighborhood Link to team up with. This alliance helps to bring our one-of-a-kind civic service to more neighborhoods and community groups across the country and is an outstanding match for Neighborhood Link.”

Neighborhood Link becomes fully integrated into participating communities through community partnerships with local governments, neighborhood groups and community organizations such as public schools, police departments and community newspapers. Each neighborhood Web site provides useful information such as event and meeting schedules, important notices, the association’s newsletter, local school listings, connections to police departments, community newspapers, interactive maps, additional pages for special-interest groups, interactive discussion areas and much more.

The alliance with AT&T Wireless launches Neighborhood Link into a wireless environment by providing its valuable neighborhood-related content on AT&T (Digital) Wireless PocketNet service and provides Neighborhood Link users with important new content from AT&T. AT&T (Digital) Wireless PocketNet users will now have access to local calendar information, local school phone numbers and addresses, specific neighborhood information, including the neighborhood association newsletter and association contact information, as well as access to all community pages and all information in the Neighborhood Link Police & Safety section. AT&T Wireless will provide Neighborhood Link’s 30,000-plus online neighborhoods with information on local AT&T sponsored events, more detailed information on AT&T (Digital) Wireless PocketNet service as well as tips on responsible and safe use of wireless phones.

“AT&T Wireless is proud to continue our strong tradition of providing active support to our local communities,” said Mike Holland, market director for AT&T Wireless, North Carolina. “By making Neighborhood Link available to our AT&T (Digital) Wireless PocketNet users, community residents can now have unlimited important information free of charge while traveling throughout their neighborhoods and communities.”

Neighborhood Link currently serves the following 43 U.S. metropolitan areas - Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver/Colorado Springs/Ft. Collins, Des Moines, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles County Cities, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Oklahoma City, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Tucson, Pittsburgh, Portland/Vancouver, Riverside County, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Bernardino County, San Diego, San Francisco/East Bay, San Jose, Seattle, and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Washington D.C., Wilmington/Newark.

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