January 22-24, 2002: Washington, DC
January 24-26, 2002: New York City

5 Cities Win 3Com Urban Challenge Grants
Partnership with Conference of Mayors helps bridge digital divide

WASHINGTON (January 23, 2002) - 3Com Corporation, in collaboration with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, today awarded $500,000 in grants of networking equipment and technical services to five cities as part of its Urban Challenge Program. Alameda, CA; Albuquerque; Chicago; Dover, DE; and New Haven, CT each won grants of $100,000.

The Urban Challenge Program was created to help underserved areas in cities by integrating technology into their communities and enhancing education and public communications systems. The program works directly with mayors to connect their cities and improve access to educational, healthcare, and other municipal resources.

The awards were accepted by Alameda Mayor Ralph J. Appezzato; Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez; Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley; Dover Mayor James L. Hutchinson; and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.

"Every school and college should be equipped with the up-to-date technology necessary to prepare our children and our workforce for the future," said New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "Unfortunately, many cities are faced with tight budgets and are unable to provide the resources that schools require. So we are pleased that 3Com continues to provide leadership and good corporate citizenship with its Urban Challenge grants."

"3Com recognizes that bridging the digital divide and providing America's students with 21st century communications is one of our highest corporate responsibilities," said Gwen McDonald, Senior Vice President of 3Com's Corporate Services. "Through the Urban Challenge Program, 3Com is working with mayors across the nation to integrate technology into their communities and classrooms."

3Com's Urban Challenge was announced in July 1999 and has already contributed more than $3 million worth of technology-oriented goods and services to 30 cities. The 3Com Urban Challenge helps to bridge the digital divide by working directly with mayors to connect their communities and improve access to educational, health care, and other municipal resources. For more information about the awards, visit http://www.3com.com/urbanchallenge.

3Com's Urban Challenge Winners - 2002

Alameda, CA - Mayor Ralph J. Appezzato
The City of Alameda and the Alameda Unified School District are teaming with 3Com to strengthen parent-teacher communications via a dynamic new program called Parent Connect. Funded in part by 3Com's Urban Challenge program, Alameda will deploy an array of 3Com networking systems to enable parents across the city's 18 schools to better monitor and support their children's education. 3Com will provide wireless connectivity within ten of Alameda's most under-served schools, allowing centralized storage of student records which parents can access anytime/anywhere via the Internet, using home-based cable modems and standard Web browsers.

Albuquerque, NM - Mayor Martin Chavez
Using 3Com LAN switches and voice solutions, the city will enable its diverse student population to gain high-speed access to curriculum portals and rapidly exchange data and videos with partner schools worldwide. With its new network upgrade, Albuquerque is making giant strides to overcome poverty, learning and language acquisition issues; the community's three most pressing concerns. The 3Com Urban Challenge grant will bolster virtually every aspect of Albuquerque's schooling from academics to security. 3Com systems will additionally permit foreign language classes to use online radio connections to practice their foreign language skills.

Chicago, IL - Mayor Richard M. Daley
The City of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools are partnering with 3Com to deliver advanced academic services to special needs students in the nation's third largest school district. Chicago is leveraging 3Com voice and data networking technologies to bridge the digital divide for homebound, blind and autistic students. The Office of Specialized Services and Department of Assistive Technology will provide special needs students with 3Com technology, enabling them to access online curriculum and resources. These systems also will make real-time information available to parents, giving them closer contact with teachers and administrators.

Dover, DE - Mayor James L. Hutchinson
Delaware Center for Educational Technology and the City of Dover, are using advanced networking technologies from 3Com to bridge the digital divide for students and citizens alike. The city is deploying 3Com advanced technology to increase learning opportunities across the community and benefit numerous schools including Dover High School, Hartly Elementary School, and the city's WHEELS (Working to Heighten Education and Employee Learning Skills) program.

New Haven, CT - Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.
The City of New Haven is bridging the digital divide using a grant from 3Com's landmark Urban Challenge program. The generous grant will enable the city to develop networked libraries and community learning centers throughout the city, where they will augment a wide range of after-school academic programs. Using 3Com systems, the city will move significantly closer to fulfilling its four-phased "Network New Haven" initiative, which aims to provide computer resources and training to at-risk residents and school-age children living in public housing.

The U. S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

Lina Garcia (202) 861-6719