Texas.Net Delivers Internet Connectivity for two Starwood Hotels

Apr 21, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas — April 21, 2004 — Texas.Net™ today announced that it is providing Managed Internet services to two hotels, Sheraton Suites Houston Near the Galleria and Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas. Both hotels are part of Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide Inc., the $3.8 billion hotel and leisure enterprise which recently named Texas.Net as an approved vendor.

In Houston, Texas.Net is providing Managed Internet services to support the Sheraton’s corporate local area network (LAN), power Internet access in meeting rooms, and extend wireless access to guest rooms. Sheraton Suites Houston, one of the first hotels in the state to provide wireless Internet services to guests, is also upgrading to faster wireless networking standards, and Texas.Net is providing the connectivity for the improved wireless connections hotel-wide. In San Antonio, Texas.Net’s Managed Internet services are powering Internet access for the Westin’s business suites.

“The Sheraton is an office away from the office for many of our business guests, and any downtime in Internet connectivity can quickly eat away at their productivity,” said Jamal Mazhar, director of business travel for the Sheraton Suites Houston. “There’s a reason Texas.Net is the state’s leading business ISP – they clearly understand the unique needs of the business community. With the support of Texas.Net’s technical expertise and outstanding network reliability, we’re now able provide our guests with the high-speed, always-on connectivity and wireless access they need to conduct business quickly and efficiently.”

Texas.Net’s Managed Internet services provide fast, reliable access to the Internet, allowing small businesses and local offices of large corporations to access the Web, communicate online and transfer data files at up to 1000Mbps. Backed by a 100% network availability guarantee, these services are supported by the TexasNAP™ – the fastest way for Texas-based businesses to connect with each other and the Internet.

About Starwood Hotels

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 740 properties in more than 80 countries and 110,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. With internationally renowned brands, Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W brands, as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwood.com. Please contact Starwood’s new, toll-free media hotline at (866) 4-STAR-PR(866-478-2777) for photography or additional information.