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King of the Kitsap Internet
DONOBi, Silverdales very own Internet service provider (ISP) is inexorably absorbing the competition.
DONOBi owners claim they are now the largest ISP in Kitsap County. The only bigger one is OlyPen the Olympic Peninsula ISP, said Mike King, director of network operations for DONOBi.
Over the two years of its short life, DONOBi has acquired NE.net, NET-NW, Naroons, Silverlink, Bandwagon, Last Mile Network and Gen.net (the
last two at Moses Lake) and most recently, TSCnet.
We estimate we now have between (one out of six to one out of 10) of the kitsap County ISP customer base, King said Thursday.
DONOBi officials describe the TSCnet merger as amicable. Five TSCnet employees were absorbed into DONOBi. An unknown number of other TSCnet workers were laid-off, however, according to sources.
We purchased their customers (3,100) Dec. 23, said Melissa Tippets, DONOBi operations manager. Were at the mercy of Qwest to purchase additional dial-up lines to handle the new modems for the new customers.
DONOBi and TSCnet were no strangers to each other.
Wed been working with them on several joint projects when TSCnet became available to merge, she said, adding it was a natural for TSCnet to join DONOBi. Danley Franks was TSCnets former owner.
DONOBi has eight voice phone lines and they have been busy. A visit to DONOBis offices at 9301 Linder Way N.W. on Thursday showed why: They had 20 people working, and no one was sitting down.
According to Tippets, busy would be the understatement of the year for DONOBi.
They best thing customers can do for now is leave a messages on voice mail or e-mail, and well call them back, she said. DONOBi intends to add another voice line and more lines for modems soon. The company had 1,100 ISP lines as of Tuesday, Dec. 31.
Having to do this over the holidays is even harder, said Tippets. Its been insane around here the last five days, she said when interviewed Jan. 7.
Qwest has been really good to us, she said. We had to get on-line in in 60 days, she added. But they put us on in nine days. Their reps call daily to see how were doing.
She also said NoaNet has been helping them and Kitsap PUD is in the process of installing new fiber optical lines that will greatly expand the market.
DONOBi has quick access to eight search engines: Google, altavista, metacrawler, HOTBOT, LYCOS, excite, YAHOO and Netscape.
It costs $20 per month for unlimited dial-up service with DONOBi. The company also has quarterly plans, $57; semi-annual, $108; and annual, $204.
The company can be reached by calling 337-7939 for customer service. You can e-mail
The companys name is often thought to be Japanese, said Tippets. In reality, its composed of the first two letters of the three men who started the business: Don Griffee, Noel Parrish and Bill Wright.