Mac Publishing, Covad and Netopia Launch the Premiere DSL Web site for Macintosh Users

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., SANTA CLARA, Calif., and ALAMEDA, Calif. — January 4th, 2000 — Mac Publishing L.L.C., the premier source for Macintosh information, Covad Communications (NASDAQ: COVD), the leading national broadband services provider utilizing DSL technology, and Netopia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTPA), a market leader in providing DSL Internet equipment and E-commerce Web platforms to small and medium-size businesses, today joined forces to launch the MacDSL Center Powered by Covad and Netopia ( This will be the premier DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) Web Site targeted at Apple Macintosh and iMac users, and promises to be a one stop shopping center for getting Mac users connected to the Internet at high speeds.

Featured on Mac Publishing's Web sites, including and, the Covad/Netopia MacDSL Center provides a wealth of information on DSL technology, specially tailored to the needs of Macintosh users. It also allows visitors to determine whether DSL is available at their address, and will put them in touch with local ISPs (Internet Service Providers) who offer Covad DSL service and Netopia DSL equipment. The Covad/Netopia MacDSL Center has an exclusive relationship with Mac Publishing, which will promote the Center to more than 2.5 million monthly visitors.

"We are very pleased to work with Covad and Netopia to bring DSL information and connectivity to the Macintosh community," said Colin Crawford, president and CEO of Mac Publishing. "Covad's nationwide DSL coverage and Netopia's rich-featured, easy-to-use DSL equipment will make it simple for Macintosh users to obtain high-speed DSL access to the Internet."

"We are excited to extend our successful relationship with Netopia by co-producing the Covad/Netopia MacDSL Center," added Rich Wong, vice president of marketing for Covad. "Its accessibility from the Mac Publishing Web sites should ensure that it will become the Web's leading venue for DSL information and online DSL ordering for Macintosh users."

The Covad/Netopia MacDSL Center aims to answer all the questions Macintosh users face when looking to purchase DSL service. These questions include:

— How can I connect a hybrid network of Macs and PCs to a DSL connection?

— How can I combine Appletalk and TCP/IP Macs on a DSL connection?

— How will DSL work with Apple's new Airport wireless products?

— How can DSL increase productivity for professionals, such as graphic designers, who typically work in Macintosh environments?

— How can I set up a Virtual Private Network using Macintosh computers and a DSL connection?

— What unique capabilities, such as support for QuickTime 4.0, do Netopia DSL products offer Macintosh users?

The Covad/Netopia MacDSL Center also aims to make ordering DSL as simple as possible:

— Visitors first fill out a pre-qualification form that allows Covad to determine whether DSL service is available at their address.

— If service is available, visitors are then taken to the ISP Spotlight page which provides a detailed list of ISPs and their DSL service offerings.

— Once they choose an ISP, visitors are taken to the Order Confirmation page where they can place their order for Covad DSL service and Netopia DSL equipment.

"The Covad/Netopia MacDSL Center will be the premier Web site exclusively dedicated to popularizing DSL technology among Macintosh users," said Michael Trupiano, senior vice president and general manager, Netopia Internet Equipment Division. "Netopia DSL equipment offers unique benefits to Macintosh users, including Appletalk routing, AURP tunneling, Localtalk to Ethernet routing and Quicktime 4.0 application gateway support."

About Mac Publishing

Mac Publishing, L.L.C. publishes the world's leading independent Macintosh publication and Web sites. Every month the award-winning Macworld magazine reaches 1.6 million readers while Mac Publishing's Web presence serves more than 4.5 million visitors. The Mac Publishing sites include:,,,, and Headquartered in San Francisco, Mac Publishing is a joint venture between Ziff-Davis Inc. and International Data Group.

About Covad

Covad Communications is the leading national broadband services provider of high-speed Internet and network access utilizing Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology. It offers DSL services through Internet Service Providers, telecommunications carriers, enterprises, PC OEMs and ASPs to small and medium-sized businesses and home users. Covad services are currently available across the United States in 56 of the top Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and will be available in 100 MSAs by the end of 2000. At that time, Covad's network will reach more than 40 percent of all US homes and 45 percent of all US businesses. Covad Communications and its affiliates, doing business as Covad Communications Company, are wholly owned subsidiaries of Covad Communications Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: COVD). Corporate headquarters is located at 2330 Central Expressway, Santa Clara, CA, 95050. Telephone: 1-888-GO-COVAD. Web Site:

About Netopia

Netopia, Inc. develops, markets, and supports Internet and electronic commerce infrastructure for small and medium-size businesses. Netopia's DSL equipment and E-commerce Web platforms enable businesses to connect easily and cost-effectively to the Internet, establish and enhance their Internet presence, and conduct business and electronic commerce on the Web.

With the Netopia Web site and E-commerce platforms, the Company has established Web-based services with Citigroup's (NYSE: C), Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD), Netscape Netcenter, Jato Communications, France Telecom (NYSE: FTE), Freeserve (Nasdaq: FREE) and Concentric Network (Nasdaq: CNCX). With its Netopia DSL Router family, the Company has established interoperability with central office equipment from Copper Mountain Networks (Nasdaq: CMTN), Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) and Nokia (NYSE: NOK); and has established strategic distribution relationships with leading CLECs including Covad Communications (Nasdaq: COVD), NorthPoint Communications, Rhythms NetConnections Inc. and Jato Communications; and with hundreds of ISPs including France Telecom, Telecom Italia (NYSE: TI), Bell Atlantic (NYSE: BEL), PSINet (Nasdaq: PSIX), Verio, UUNet (Nasdaq: WCOM), Earthlink (Nasdaq: ELNK) and Concentric Network.

Headquartered in Alameda, Calif., Netopia's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq national market under the symbol "NTPA." Further information about the Company can be obtained via phone 510-814-5100, fax 510-814-5021 or on the web at


Covad Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

The statements contained in this release which are not historical facts may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, including but not limited to Covad's statements regarding the intention to deploy Covad's network in new and existing MSAs, the timing and breadth of coverage in each MSA, and Covad's ability to order loops, provision circuits, and reduce costs. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in any forward-looking statements as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, Covad's dependence on third parties to market and resell services, dependence on incumbent local exchange carriers for collocation, unbundled network elements, transport and other facilities, development of necessary technologies and operations, ability to manage growth of operations, and the need to raise additional capital. For other risks and uncertainties applicable to Covad's business, refer to Covad's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Netopia Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

Portions of this release include forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Netopia, Inc.’s actual results could differ materially from the results discussed in this release and in the forward-looking statements contained herein for many reasons. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to product development, product acceptance, licensing opportunities and general economic conditions. For more information concerning Netopia and risk factors that may affect Netopia’s future results and may cause actual results to vary from results anticipated in forward-looking statements, investors should review Netopia’s public filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available by calling Netopia at 510-814-5260 or online at

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