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PSINet’s Accessibility Center Of Excellence Oversees New California Initiative To Bring Accessible E-Government To All Citizens





Doug Baj 
PSINet PSINet,  

Cynthia D. Waddell
ACE Division


SACRAMENTO, Calif., January 9, 2001 - The Accessibility Center of Excellence (ACE), a division of PSINet’s (Nasdaq: PSIX) government solutions practice, today announced that California’s new State web portal is the first State web site to receive ACE’s web content accessibility endorsement for accessible eGovernment solutions for the widest possible audience, both in the State and the global community. California Governor Gray Davis announced the launch of the State’s official new Web portal http://my.ca.gov in his recent State of the State address on January 8, 2001.

“With the launch of our new homepage, we are using web technology to personalize government in a way no other state has ever done,” said Governor Davis. “With advice from the best minds in Silicon Valley, we have developed an Internet site that makes it simple to register cars, check up on schools’ academic performance, live pictures of our state parks, and much more. Our seamless, state-of-the-art web portal is your online link to California.”

PSINet’s ACE was retained by California’s Director of eGovernment to oversee and review every step of the development process of the web portal to ensure accessible web design. Upon completion of its review, ACE has determined that the California State Portal satisfies web design accessibility specifications developed by industry consensus through the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative. In particular, the new portal meets Conformance Level “A” of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. The State’s accessibility effort comes on the heels of recent federal legislation requiring compliance with a number of W3C accessible web specifications.

“We have made a corporate level commitment to provide information and electronic technology to the widest possible audience,” said Jerry Kingrey, vice president of PSINet’s ACE. “Our Accessibility Center of Excellence team has distinguished itself from other Information Systems firms by our singular focus on accessibility education, certification, and services. Our ACE team partners with both public and private sector clients in their efforts to combine technology and accessibility.

PSINet’s ACE has extensive knowledge of legislation, technology, standards, and guidelines related to accessibility for people with disabilities. Recently, Cynthia D. Waddell, international expert in disability rights and formerly the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for the City of San Jose, California, joined the ACE team as Sr. Consultant, Accessibility Subject Matter Expert. The PSINet division provides consulting services to governments, corporations and organizations that wish to develop web sites that enable people with disabilities to participate. ACE ensures that anyone using any kind of browsing technology, such as a desktop pc or PDA, can visit a web site, obtain all the content presented and interact with the site.

Headquartered in Ashburn, VA, PSINet is an Internet Super Carrier offering global eCommerce infrastructure and a full suite of retail and wholesale Internet services through wholly owned PSINet subsidiaries. Services are provided on PSINet-owned and -operated fiber, satellite, Web hosting and switching facilities providing direct access in more than 900 metropolitan areas in 28 countries on five continents. PSINet information may be obtained by e-mail at info@psi.com , by accessing the Web site at www.psinet.com  or by calling in the U.S., 800-799-0676.


This release contains information about management's view of the Company's future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements, as a result of a variety of factors including, but not limited to, competitive developments, risks associated with the Company's growth, the development of the Internet market, regulatory risks and other factors that are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.




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