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A Rochester, N.Y., metro network startup donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross, along with a spirited call to the American business community to help with recovery.

"At a time like this, we must remember the spirit of independence and generosity that has made this country great," says American Fiber Systems President and CEO David G. Rusin in a letter to Bernadine Healy, president and CEO of the Red Cross. Rusin calls for "those of us who reap the benefits of a free-market economy in a free society to unite against the villainy of some who don't."

American is a start-up, dark-fiber metro network provider.

But the industry's already out there and working on it.

Cisco Systems did make several gifts, it says, including a $6 million donation to go to the National and New York chapters of the Red Cross, New York City, New York's YMCA and to the Armed Services YMCA in Washington, D.C.

Cisco spokesman Chris Peacock was in Washington, D.C., for the week and could not say whether the company was affected by events. He was attending TechNet, an industry event scheduled for Sept. 12 that was to draw heads of key industry companies to talk with legislators. The event was cancelled.

"Most of the people were coming in on Tuesday," he says, but after the Federal Aviation Administration shut down all air traffic, most couldn't reach the event.

Peacock, who spent 15 years in Washington before moving recently to Cisco's San Jose, Calif. headquarters, says security is heightened in the area after a hijacked airliner crashed into the Pentagon, but adds he also sees people determined to go about their business.

TechNet representatives could not be reached by CEDaily's deadlines.

Network security company and parent of Sniffer Technologies Network Associates Inc. pledged $25,000 to the September 11th Fund and will match all employee donations to relief organizations. The company says it's also donating software, support and help to customers and organizations working to rescue or rebuild after the events Tuesday.

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