Aretech and Compucon Combine Resources to Launch Local ISP

MARYSVILLE, Mich., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Aretech Information Services, Inc., an information technology company specializing in outsourcing, has signed an agreement with Compucon Incorporated, (www.compucon-mi.com ), to combine their technologies and personnel to form a new Internet Service Provider (ISP), Arenet.net .

The new company will combine Compucon's expertise in the marketplace and emphasis on customer care with Aretech's state of the art, high capacity data services. The new ISP will be able to service customers in the Port Huron area with high reliability, fast connections and customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The transition of services to a high-speed all- optical network is now underway.

"This is an exciting leap forward for both companies and is a first step to raising the level of quality of Internet services for communities in the Port Huron area," said Joe Clemens, director of Internet services for Aretech.

Headquartered in Marysville, Mich., Aretech was launched in April of 2000 as a subsidiary of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. and provides a broad range of information technology (IT) business solutions. Its involvement in Arenet.net expands Aretech's offerings from strictly business-to-business into the consumer space. Arenet.net will launch November 15, 2000 and is expected to service an estimated 7,000 Internet subscribers in the Port Huron area by the first quarter of 2001.

"The service level that we will offer is unmatched by any existing local service provider," said Bob Childs, president of Compucon.

Also based in Port Huron, Compucon offers a wide range of information technology services, including computer training, Internet domain name registration, e-mail services, and Web page design, maintenance, and hosting services. Compucon also provides networking services for small business, as well as custom-built computers and related parts.

About Aretech

Aretech Information Services, a provider of information technology-enabled business solutions, is a wholly owned subsidiary of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN). Its mission is to measurably and significantly contribute to productivity in business by effectively utilizing the potential of information technology and providing quality commercial information technology services, which will allow Aretech's customers to focus on their core business(es) and succeed in their chosen industries. For more information, please visit www.aretech-is.com
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