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Zoom™ PCI Cable Modem Achieves @Homesm Conditional Level 2 Approval
World's First PCI Cable Modem With Excite@Home, CableLabs, and WHQL Approvals

Boston, MA, May 16, 2001 — Zoom Telephonics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM), a leading supplier of Internet access products, today announced that it has achieved @Homesm Conditional Level 2 Approval from Excite@Home (NASDAQ: ATHM), the leader in broadband, for the Zoom Cable Modem PCI Model 5001. The approval is for use of the model 5001 when installed with a personal computer. This @Home Conditional Level 2 Approval, a technical milestone, confirms Model 5001's integration, interoperability and system stability with Excite@Home's high-speed data network. @Home Conditional Level 2 Approval is a significant step toward enabling the wide-scale deployment of Zoom Cable Modems among Excite@Home network affiliates.

With @Home Conditional Level 2 Approval, the Zoom PCI cable modem has the distinction of being the first PCI cable modem to have received CableLabs® certification, Microsoft® WHQL approval, and @Home Conditional Level 2 Approval.

"The approval of our OEM PCI product by Excite@Home is extremely important," said Frank Manning, President and CEO of Zoom Telephonics, Inc. "Zoom can now offer a comprehensively tested and approved internal modem solution. This product is ideal for bundling into personal computers and potentially other electronic products."

Zoom is among the few companies offering CableLabs® certified Ethernet, USB, and PCI cable modems.

About Zoom Telephonics

Zoom Telephonics, a communications leader since 1977, designs, produces and markets dial-up modems, cable and ADSL modems, wireless LAN products, home phoneline networking devices, and other data communication products under the Zoom, Hayes and Global Village brands. Zoom products are available in over 3,000 of the highest volume computer retailers in the USA and over 5,000 retail outlets worldwide. For more information, visit Zoom at www.zoomtel.com.

Press Contact:
Larry Hancock
lhancock@zoomtel.com
580-347-3213

Disclaimer: This press release contains forward-looking information relating to Zoom's plans, expectations and intentions. Actual results may be materially different than those expectations as a result of known andunknown risks, including those set forth below. The technologies being pursued by Zoom are subject to the significant risks and uncertainties generally applicable to modem and data communications products, including rapid technological change and intense competition, uncertainty of new product development, uncertainty of component availability, early stage of development of certain data communications markets, uncertainty of market growth, as well as other risks set forth in Zoom's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Zoom cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Zoom expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in Zoom's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstance on which any such statement is based.

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