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    Online 800/Domain Name News Service Announces FREE HeadsUp Headlines,
            Expanded Domain Name News Coverage, and Site Upgrade.

    NEW YORK, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- ICB Toll Free News, premier source of
toll free 800 and dot com industry intelligence, today announced:

    ** FREE HeadsUp Headlines
    ** Expanded Coverage of 800 and Dot Com Industry, Marketing and
       Political News
    ** and Faster Web Site Load, Search and Navigation

    Only one news source specializes in 800 number and domain names news.  ICB
Toll Free News has covered 800 and dot com politics, power plays, trends, and
impacts, delivering competitive intelligence to a business readership of
corporate and industry giants, as well as small business owners and
entrepreneurs, since 1995.
    ICB's new HeadsUp Headlines is a free email service that includes news
summaries plus modified text and site access.  At eight to ten headlines
daily, a quick glance flags important 800 and dot com developments for busy
execs.
    Indepth coverage of dot com and 800 news is key for ICB Premium Service
readers.  "Success today is measured in Internet time, so its imperative for
businesses to move quickly and decisively on multiple fronts," says Emil G.
Michael, Director of Business Development, Tellme Networks, Inc.  "For
instance, telecommunications regulations govern customer access channels,
which ultimately impact our ability to build a strong, recognizable brand.
    "ICB keeps us up on the changing marketplace," he says, "providing
intelligence we consider a critical driver of our business."   Jim Hawkins,
Senior Executive, BellSouth Public Communications, agrees.  "ICB is a superb
real-time source for staying on top of the growing cross-linkages between
toll-free service and the Internet."
    "ICB delivers great bang for the buck," says Glen Davidson, President of
ATG Technologies.  "I visit the site almost every day."  Richard Sapio, CEO of
MUTUALS.COM, agrees.  "We've invested a lot of money in our brand," he says.
"ICB is our eyes and ears."
    Register for ICB Toll Free News at http://icbtollfree.com/.  Registration
is free and includes daily HeadsUp Headlines.  Registered members can upgrade
to Premium Service at any time.

    ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND
    In 1993, 800 numbers became "portable," granting number holders control
over their 800 numbers.  The brand and monetary impact was immediate.  From
800 COLLECT to 800 FLOWERS, commercial and political gamesmanship from the
highest levels sprung up everywhere amidst the rising values and awesome
returns of 800 vanity numbers.
    Domain names now join 800 numbers in this arena:  witness the recent sale
of loans.com for $3 million dollars.
    Only one news source rides herd, exclusively, on these parallel fast paced
industries.  ICB Toll Free News, published by ICB Consulting, reports on 800
and dot com politics, power plays, trends, and impacts, delivering competitive
intelligence to a business readership of corporate and industry giants, as
well as small business owners and entrepreneurs.
    Consulting since 1993 and online since 1995, today ICB announces three
major enhancements.

    FREE HEADSUP HEADLINES
    ICB's new HeadsUp Headlines is a free email service that includes news
summaries plus modified text and site access.  At eight to ten headlines
daily, a two-minute review keeps savvy readers on top of 800 and dot com
intelligence.
    Registration for daily ICB HeadsUp Headlines is available at
http://icbtollfree.com/.  There is no cost to register.

    EXPANDED 800/DOT COM INTELLIGENCE:   "... a critical driver of our
business."
    For corporate and industry execs in the trenches, ICB provides indepth
coverage of regulatory, legal, industry and marketing news relating to 800
numbers and domain names.
    "Success today is measured in Internet time, so its imperative for
businesses to move quickly and decisively on multiple fronts," says Emil G.
Michael, Director of Business Development, Tellme Networks, Inc.  "For
instance, telecommunications regulations govern customer access channels,
which ultimately impact our ability to build a strong, recognizable brand."
    Michael is emphatic about ICB's usefulness.  "ICB keeps us up on the
changing marketplace," he says, "providing intelligence we consider a critical
driver of our business."
    Jim Hawkins, Senior Executive, BellSouth Public Communications, agrees.
"ICB is a superb real-time source for staying on top of the growing
cross-linkages between toll-free service and the Internet," he says.  "With
daily review of developments in the toll-free, and now internet marketing
industries, I get great value for my annual subscription, plus I've learned a
lot about increasing linkages and cross-marketing in these areas."
    ICB Premium Service subscribers include key executives in telecom,
internet, convergence, wireless and VOIP, along with the end users impacted by
their decisions:  corporate marketers and telecom managers; entrepreneurs and
attorneys, as well as regulatory staffers, worldwide.
    Because ICB is an active presence at the major industry forum working
groups under telecom's Alliance of Telecommunications Industry Solutions
(ATIS), and the web's Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN), ICB's subscribers benefit from a unique insider vantage point.
    "Both of these industries:  toll free, and domain names -- hold your brand
in the very palm of their hand," says ICB head Judith Oppenheimer.  "The same
brand, marketing, and legal issues, often piloted by the same players in
adjoining back rooms, impact most companies head on, often when they least
expect it."
    ICB's consulting practice puts out a lot of fires.  "Our readers get a
daily heads-up.  Its a real competitive advantage," Oppenheimer said.  "Crisis
consulting clients become ICB readers, but rarely the reverse, because ICB
readers are better prepared to dodge and duck the 800 pot holes and dot com
curve balls."
    "It just keeps getting better," raves ICB News subscriber Scott Richards,
President of Dial 800 Inc.  "I don't know how they get it, but the information
is extremely useful in running our business."  "We've invested a lot of money
in our brand," concurs Richard Sapio, CEO of MUTUALS.COM.  "ICB is our eyes
and ears."

    WEB SITE UPGRADE
    ICB upgraded its programming and server for faster load, search and
navigation to keep ICB's readers -- many of them daily visitors -- in the fast
lane.
    "I follow regulatory and industry news as well as marketing trends, and
find every part of ICB's website exceedingly useful and valuable," says
Patricia Miller, President, TeleServices, Inc.  "ICB on my daily 'must read'
list," says Kim Crowther, President of Regal Results, Inc. agrees.  "Its a
wonderful, informative service."
    Glen Davidson, President of ATG Technologies, sums it up, "ICB delivers
great bang for the buck.  I visit the site almost every day."
    Register for ICB Toll Free News at http://icbtollfree.com/.  Registration
is free and includes daily HeadsUp Headlines.  Registered members can upgrade
to Premium Service at any time.

    ABOUT ICB
    ICB Toll Free News (http://icbtollfree.com/), premier source of 800 and dot
com industry news, is owned by ICB Inc., a consulting practice
(http://1800theexpert.com/) founded in 1993 and publisher of the
WhoSells800.com Toll Free Service Provider Directory (http://whosells800.com/).
The sites serve approximately 65,000+ visitors logging in over 90,000 user
sessions each month.  ICB is an industry leader in toll free and domain name
intelligence, advising business owners, corporate marketers and the telecom
industries since 1993.


SOURCE ICB, Inc.
Web Site: http://icbtollfree.com/ http://1800theexpert.com/
http://whosells800.com/