ATLANTA, GA -- July 3, 1996 -- With approximately two million visitors expected during the games, many Atlanta-area employees will be forced to work from their homes as many downtown roads will be closed to local commuter traffic. Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) and U.S. Robotics (NASDAQ:USRX) today announced Operation Telecommute '96, a unique service allowing Atlanta-based employees to work at home as if they were at their downtown office. These companies, in association with the Metro Atlanta Telecommuting Advisory Council (MATAC), will make available up to 500 specialized telecommuter Relief Kits, containing free communications software and special offers on modem hardware, to Atlanta-based companies adversely affected by the Summer '96 crush.
"International visitors will create a short-term commuting emergency for most companies here in Atlanta," said Frank Boyd, MATAC's president. "This initiative not only provides a quick solution for those that are forced to look at teleworking as an alternative but also serves as an excellent introduction to the technology, connectivity and services that can sustain a long-term work-from-anywhere strategy for any company."
Valued at more than $300 at retail, each Relief Kit includes the world's best-selling PC communications software products from Symantec -- pcANYWHERE for remote access, and WinFax PRO for fax communications -- and a $20.00 rebate from U.S. Robotics on the purchase of a Sportster V.34 Faxmodem, Sportster Voice V.34 Faxmodem or Sportster V.34 Winmodem for Windows. Required to run the software is a PC equipped with either Microsoft Windows 3.1 or Windows 95.
Companies or individuals operating in the downtown Atlanta area are invited to call (800) 249-8313 ext. 7221 to qualify for their free Relief Kit. There is a limit of five kits per company. Endorsed by the Metro Atlanta Telecommuting Advisory Council (MATAC), Operation Telecommute '96 will be in effect July 3rd until August 4th, the official close of the games.
"We hope that Operation Telecommute '96 becomes more than just a demonstration event," said Christopher Calisi, vice president Symantec Delrina Group. "With the proper software, hardware and connectivity, companies can realize at least a two to one savings on their investment in a telecommuting worker." Gartner Group, a Stamford, Connecticut, information technology advisory firm, predicts that more than 30 million U.S. workers will be telecommuters by the year 2000.
"Today's advanced communications technologies, as offered in Operation Telecommute '96, allow employees to work from any location, according to their own schedules, independent from the confines of yesterday's workplace," said Michael Seedman, vice president and general manager of U.S. Robotics' Personal Communications Division.
MATAC (Metro Atlanta Telecommuting Advisory Council) is an organization of employers, businesses and individuals with a common interest in the use and promotion of telecommuting practices and is incorporated as a not-for-profit chapter of the national TAC (Telecommuting Advisory Council, Inc.). MATAC can be contacted at (770) 979-9696.
About U.S. Robotics
U.S. Robotics, founded in 1976, is one of the world's leading suppliers of products and systems that provide access to information. The company designs, manufactures, markets and supports remote access servers, enterprise communications systems, desktop/mobile client products and modems and telephony products that connect computers and other equipment over analog, digital and switched cellular networks, enabling users to gain access to, manage and share data, fax and voice information. Its customers include Internet service providers, regional Bell operating companies, inter-exchange carriers and a wide range of other large and small businesses, institutions and individuals. For further information on U.S. Robotics products, call 1-800-DIAL-USR.
About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation develops, markets and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free or (541) 334-6054.
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