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Wednesday, December 18, 2002
BLACKSTONE TO OFFER PREPAID ONLINE TRAFFIC SCHOOL
Blackstone (www.blackstoneonline.com), a pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry, announced today the addition of prepaid online traffic school to its suite of prepaid products and services. According to Mike Acton, Blackstone’s general manager, “Approximately 3.5 million tickets are issued each year in the state of Florida, of which only 500,000 drivers attend traffic school to adjudicate the ticket. The main reason for not taking advantage of traffic school is convenience, people don’t have the time to attend four hours of traffic school. Prepaid online traffic school eliminates this issue as the student attends traffic school on the Internet, in the comfort of his or her home, at his or her convenience!” Gregg Berrian, president of Traffic Academy (www.trafficacademy.com) adds, “We fervently believe that with the advent of prepaid online traffic school, we will be able to improve the safety of the roadways. We are proud to be associated with Blackstone and look forward to changing the direction of distance learning.” Prepaid traffic school will be available in a variety of options – physical cards, PINs via the Blackstone POS or PINs via the Blackstone Portal, or vending machine. The “student” purchases the product, accesses the Internet, enters the website indicated on the card, enters his or her PIN and “attends” traffic school. The program is scheduled to launch in the state of Florida in December, with other states to be added throughout the next six months. Blackstone, a pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry, is currently one of the country’s largest providers of prepaid telecommunications products and services with over 300,000 retail locations nationwide. Established and headquartered in Miami, Florida since 1995, Blackstone is privately owned, and managed by a team of executives experienced in payment processing, networking, information services, retailing and telecommunications. Today, Blackstone is successfully merging two industries, prepaid telecommunications and electronic transactions, into one POS terminal to the benefit of end-users around the world. For more information on Blackstone’s products and services visit www.blackstoneonline.com or call 1-800-639-9590. Blackstone POS, Blackstone V-Commerce and Blackstone e-Vending are trademarks of Blackstone Communications Co.; US and foreign patents pending.