Denver-based Verado (formerly FirstWorld Communications) apportions its energies across three areas: Internet services, data integration and consulting services, and telephony services. Using a combination of owned and managed facilities, the Company provides high-speed Internet access, Web hosting, e-commerce, data connectivity, systems integration, ASP services, and switch-based local and long distance services. The Company's Internet service offerings include high-speed Internet access, such as dedicated access and DSL and dial-up access. The Company stepped up its Internet service strategy early in 1999 through the acquisition of ISPs Slip.Net and Sirius Solutions, as well as a number of smaller ISPs during the rest of the year. The Company has been focusing its business plan on Internet services growth. On top of the five it already had, it put in new Internet Data Centers (IDCs) in Salt Lake City, Portland, Dallas, and Houston during 2000. More IDCs are planned and the Company provides data center service in Chicago through leased facilities. Verado had a total of approximately 245,000 square feet of space as of November 2000. The Company has installed Oracle's iHost Internet platform and has achieved Cisco powered network status for its IDCs and hosting operations. Verado has partnered with Akamai to speed up Internet delivery, with Microsoft to develop ASP solutions, and with Onyx for its ASPiN program. In November 2000, the Company announced that it was selling off three non-core businesses with the aid of investment banker Daniels & Associates. The units to be sold off include Web integration, ISP and telephony (CLEC). All revenue from these units was being accounted for as discontinued operations. Verado was still shopping the operations as of late March 2001.