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2004 NEWS

November 1, 2004

Kimbanet now offering a dial-up Accelerator for subscribers.

For the month of November all kimbanet dial-up subscribers will have a free trial period to download and try our new kimbanet Accelerator. The Accelerator will allow web pages to load 2-5 times faster than without the program. The cost will be $2.00 per month for annual customers. Monthly customers will receive the service at no additional charge. Kimbanet is proud to be able to enhance the many services we already offer our customers.

January 29, 2004
 Sprint has a fiber cut in Farmville, VA that is causing the Internet outages being
 experienced this morning since approximately 6:30 a.m.
We are sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience...

2003 NEWS

December 19, 2003

Kimbanet introduces new lower annual pricing.

will now offer a No Refund Year-In-Advance payment option. The annual payment is $179.40 for a full year of unlimited dial-up Internet service. This payment option requires a one time annual payment and is non-refundable. This new rate lowers monthly cost to $14.95.

September 29, 2003

Kimbanet installs free Junkmail Filter for all subscribers.

are very excited to announce a Junkmail Filter available to you at no charge. Login to Webmail by clicking on CHECK EMAIL OVER THE WEB link on the right side of the page to access this new feature. There is a detailed Help section on the Junkmail Filter Settings page of the Webmail.

April 9, 2003

kimbanet has installed new mail server . We would like to thank everyone for their patience throughout this transition.

2002 NEWS

December 10, 2002

Kimbanet Implements Wireless Broadband WAN for Henry County Public Schools 

Martinsville, Virginia—December 10, 2002—Kimbanet, a locally owned and operated Internet service provider, has successfully implemented a wireless broadband WAN for the Henry County Public School System.  This new technology allows all schools in Henry County the opportunity to innovatively serve the area citizens more effectively. All Henry County school administration, faculty and students share the same wireless broadband network solution no matter the school’s geographic location. 

The wireless broadband network runs on a 100 Mbps backbone connected to a DS3 45 Mbps Internet connection. This provides more than adequate bandwidth for the schools to operate efficiently well into the future. The Henry County Public School’s Information Technology department has upgraded the computer labs within the schools to utilize the new broadband network to its fullest potential.
Specific goals to be achieved by executing this wireless WAN are:
• More bandwidth for online Standards of Learning tests
• Ability to run server based applications within the LANs
• Provide a more stable network environment without volatility 

The high-speed wireless WAN solution utilizes cutting edge wireless technology. The use of Western Multiplex Tsunami 100 Mbps RF radios running on a 5.8 GHz radio frequency made the high-speed connection possible. The Tsunami equipment provides instant high capacity connectivity with no recurring fees. The system is scalable, affordable, and easy to train personnel in terms of how to use the equipment. 

This will ultimately prepare the Henry County School System and its students for future developments in technology that can be implemented with less cost and greater ease. 

The Henry County Public School System was presented the Leadership in Education Award from the Southern Piedmont Technology Council in Danville, Virginia on November 19, 2002. Janet Copenhaver, Director of Information Technology, accepted the award on behalf of the Henry County students and School System.

August 20, 2002

kimbanet is now running on its new 45 megabit circuit ... Providing the best possible Internet service for our customers.

August 19, 2002

Sprint reported a fiber cut in Virginia which caused slow Internet access during the morning hours.

May 9, 2002

Kimbanet Receives Small Business of the Year Award for Service

Martinsville, Virginia—Kimbanet, a locally owned and operated Internet service provider, was awarded the Small Business of the Year Award in the Service category at the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2002. Receiving the award was John Wolchko, company president and owner. Kimbanet was recognized for their entrepreneurial creativity, dedication and commitment to their community.

Mr. Wolchko attributes much of Kimbanet’s success to “…the hard work of the staff at Kimbanet and the many loyal customers who have supported our efforts to remain a local company and to providing new, innovative solutions for subscribers who require broadband Internet connections”.

May 8, 2002

Sprint experienced a fiber cut due to heavy storms Wednesday night, May 8, 2002 -
Users may have experienced intermittent or sluggish connections. Thanks for your patience with this matter.

May 3, 2002

Kimbanet was selected by the Henry County Public School system to upgrade the information technology system to a wireless wide area network. Kimbanet was awarded the project bid over numerous other companies.

March 23, 2002

kimbanet has installed new mail server to accommodate growth. We would like to thank everyone for their patience throughout this transition.

March 1, 2002

kimbanet has installed 23 additional phone lines to better serve our customers in
Patrick County

February 13, 2002

Rocky Mount and Fork Mountain towers are active - ready for broadband customers. 


2001 NEWS

November 7, 2001

Congratulations to John and Liz Wolchko
on the birth of their new daughter, Aurora Beth.
Chloe has a sister!

July 26, 2001

Users may experience sluggish loading times while using the Internet due to a fiber cut between Dillwin, VA and Arvonia, VA. ETR 5:00 p.m. today.

July 19, 2001

kimbanet expands broadband services to include Business and Residential DSL and Residential Wireless.

May 15, 2001

The Stuart and Patrick County areas have been experiencing some service interruptions. This is due to Sprint's back up generator sending power surges through the Stuart central office. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our users in those areas.

April 20, 2001

SubSeven, an old virus has resurfaced and is causing some problems. For more information go to our Virus Alert Page.

April 17, 2001

On Tuesday, April 17th between 7:30 p.m. and 12:00 midnight kimbanet experienced a denial of service attack that made our backbone connections intermittent. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


March 26th, 2001

kimbanet establishes Wireless Broadband service in Stuart, Virginia.

March 16th, 2001

kimbanet launches its new web site.

March 15th, 2001

kimbanet is now multi-homed!  We have added a redundant backbone circuit to try to eliminate downtime from problems such as fiber cuts.

March 8th, 2001

We have just installed 46 new phone lines to keep up with our customer demand.

February 15th, 2001

Due to a peer routing issue between Sprint and another backbone internet carrier, customers in the Mid-Atlantic area are experiencing slow internet connections.

2000 NEWS

December 28th, 2000

The office will be closed Friday, December 29th and Monday, January 1st for the New Year. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd. 

December 12th, 2000

We have just installed 96 new phone lines to keep up with our growth.  Thanks for all your support.

September 29th, 2000

kimbanet is providing Web Cams of Speed Fest throughout the weekend.

August 30th, 2000

In order to keep providing you the fastest service around kimbanet now has a 6 megabit backbone circuit.

August 29th, 2000

Sprint has a circuit down that is causing the internet outages that are being experienced today. We are sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience...

August 25th, 2000

kimbanet's Mail Server was offline from 12AM until 4AM this morning for maintenance.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

July 28th, 2000

kimbanet's new Mail Server is up and running. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you during the transition. Thank you for your patience. Prowl On...

July 25th, 2000

We are aware of a problem with the mail server. We have received a new mail server.  During this installation period you may have some difficulty sending or receiving email .  If you are unable to process your email on the first time, try resending the message again.  Thank you for you patience while we perform this upgrade.

July 20th, 2000

We will be performing upgrades on our webserver today, 7/20/00.  The kimbanet homepage may be unavailable for periods throughout the day.  This will not affect your ability to go anywhere else on the web.

July 19th, 2000

Sprint had a switch go down this morning that caused our ATM backbone to the internet to be down for several hours.  In order to prevent this from happening again we are in the process of having another backbone added for redundancy.

July 10th, 2000

We are in the process of changing our billing cycle. Please click here for more info.

July 6th, 2000

We will be performing an upgrade on the Web Server on July 6th, which will not display the homepage for short periods of time.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  You will be able to go anywhere else on the Internet.

June 5th, 2000

There is a new email virus on the Internet today. If you receive any email with the subject "I Love You" DO NOT open it. It will replicate and mail itself to all of your contacts in your Address Book.

May 18, 2000

kimbanet has reached its 3000th customer today as of May 18, 2000.  We would like to thank all of our loyal customers for helping us reach this goal. 

January 25, 2000

There are two new viruses that you should be aware of. The first one is called Bubbleboy. Check this link for more information.

The second is called Funlove.4099. For more information on this virus click here.

January 4th, 2000

We brought up 46 new phone lines today, before anybody has even thought about the possibility of a busy signal! Prowl on with kimbanet, the fastest cat in town!

The User Group Meeting for January 4th has been pushed back one week to January 11th 2000 due to the Sugar Bowl with Virginia Tech and Florida State being played on the 4th.

1999 NEWS

October 22nd, 1999

The "How to Give a Cat a Colonic" email is yet another Virus Hoax.

Pretty Park.exe email attachment is a virus.

kimbanet is 2000 ready 3 months early.

October 18th, 1999

Today between 4:15 PM and 4:30 PM you may experience random busy signals because we will be rebooting the Access Servers. Thanks for your patience.

October 7th, 1999

Kimbanet installed 46 new phone lines today in order to keep up with our phenomenal growth. Prowl On!!

August 18th, 1999

Thursday night is kimbanet Team photo night at the Martinsville Astros game. Come out and see us Thursday at 7:00pm

May 14th, 1999

Friday, May 14th between the hours of 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. We will be working on the lines. Service will be intermittent. Sorry for any inconvenience.

May 5th, 1999

Thanks to everyone that attended the User Group Meeting last night

April 28th, 1999

John Wolchko and Jay Wheless will be teaching a class on the Internet for PHCC.
When:Thursday, May 6 from 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Where: The Patrick Henry Uptown Training Site, the corner of Moss and Church St.
Cost: $50.00
To Register contact Phil Holleran by calling 656-0267.
Sign up by Wednesday, May 5th.

Melissa Virus is causing a scare. Learn more on how not to catch this virus. 

1998 NEWS

Dec 29, 1998

Chloe Ann Wolchko
21 ˝ "
7 lbs 2 oz

Dec 22, 1998

kimbanet now lets you check your mail over the web! You can pre-filter your mail to get rid of annoying spam or time-consuming attachments. Click here to try it out.

Nov 3, 1998

The next kimbanet users group meeting will be November 3rd at 7:00 at The Computer Workshop in The Patrick Henry Mall. Hope to see you there! We will be covering e-mail from the basics through advanced including sending photo attatchments.

Sept 6, 1998

kimbanet installed its new Webserver 9/6/98. The 666mhz Dual Pentium II Server will serve kimbanet and Client Web Sites even faster and more reliably then before; with plenty of room to keep up with our fast growth!

August 15, 1998

kimbanet was down for approximately three hours due to a problem with the mail server. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

August 8, 1998

kimbanet has a new website with an expanded technical support section.

July 25, 1998

kimbanet is now live with postcard billing.

July 23, 1998

Electrical storms and a rerouting project by Sprint caused any busy signals you may have experienced over the last week. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

June 16, 1998

kimbanet was down for two and a half hours while we moved to our new offices downstairs. Sorry for any inconvenience.

June 12, 1998

During thunderstorms, kimbanet recommends that you disconnect your computer AND your modem from the electric lines and the telephone lines. We are getting many reports of modems fried during thunderstorms. To protect your equipment from ordinary power surges, you can purchase regular and phone-line surge protectors from Computer Workshop, Radio Shack or Wal-Mart. Remember, though, that the only 100% protection is unplugging.

April 23, 1998

Sprint claims responsibility for Tuesday's outage, but today's lack of service is courtesy of a "fiber cut." (Their technician would not state the cause of the "cut," but often it is a vehicle hitting a telephone pole) This "cut" was in FIBER-SOUTH territory somewhere between Elkin and Rocky Mount, North Carolina and caused THOUSANDS of customers including kimbanet to be without access from 1:15 -4:45 P. M.

April 1, 1998

kimbanet upgraded to V.90 modem standard on ALL lines today. Get your k56flex and X2 modems upgraded today to connect at 56k speeds!

February 4, 1998

Sprint programming problems on the twenty-three new phone lines caused busy signals Wednesday evening. None of the new lines were being used, but they were never programmed to ring when the others were full!

January 30, 1998

kimbanet added twenty-three more phone lines today, giving us a 6.7~1 user to modem ratio. No busy signals!!

January 26, 1998

kimbanet upgraded the mail server. Please call if you have had trouble with your e-mail after 3:00 P.M.

January 9, 1998

Sprint upgrades the POP  in Elkin, NC. These upgrades make your connection to the Internet faster.

1997 NEWS

December 7, 1997

Over the weekend from about 3:00PM Sat til 10:00PM Sun, there were some intermittent problems with kimbanet's dial-in lines causing busy signals and some disconnects. We apologize for any trouble this may have caused.

November 13, 1997

Kimbanet's T-1 was down from 4:00 a.m. till 9:00 a.m. Sorry for any inconvenience.

October 23, 1997

Microsoft Internet Explorer upgrades are available for Windows 95 and Macintosh. Click here for more info.

September 2, 1997

We now have 12 new phone lines, giving us a 6.5 to 1 user to modem ratio! The BEST service in the area.

August 11, 1997

It is our one year anniversary. To celebrate, we have started a new ongoing promotion. Tell your friends about how much you enjoy kimbanet, they tell us they were referred by you, and you get a $5 credit on your kimbanet subscription. Click here for more details.

June 4, 1997

kimbanet is now live with x2 technology from U.S. Robotics. If you already have an x2 modem, we hope you're enjoying the added bandwidth. If you don't yet have an x2 modem, click here for details on purchasing a new modem or upgrading your current modem.




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