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Contact: Ed Hansen

MindSpring Withdraws Membership from Domain Name CORE

ATLANTA (March 3, 1998) - MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. today announced it
has withdrawn its membership in the Generic Top-Level Domain Council of
Registrars (gTLD CORE), an organization planning to administer a new series
of Internet domain names.

"Our decision was based on the introduction of the White House "Green
Paper" on Domain Names by senior White House policy advisor Ira Magaziner,
which we believe will insure the stability of the Internet as the
registration of domains is passed into the competitive private sector,"
said Mike McQuary, president and chief operating officer of MindSpring.
"For now, MindSpring will continue to register domain names for our members
through the existing process. We feel that withdrawing from CORE better
positions us to pursue other domain registration opportunities."

The Green Paper sets forth ways to improve technical management of the
Internet Domain Name System (DNS). Specifically, it describes the process
by which the Federal government will transfer management of the Internet
DNS to a private not-for-profit corporation. The document also proposes to
open up to competition the administration of top level domains and the
registration of domain names.

About MindSpring
MindSpring is a leading Internet service provider focusing on delivering
outstanding service and support to its customers. By following its core
values and beliefs, MindSpring is committed to doing an exceptional job of
serving its customers, its employees, its owners and its community.
MindSpring's dial-up subscribers can browse the World Wide Web, send
electronic mail, participate in informative on-line chats and access over
21,000 newsgroups. MindSpring offers local Internet service in more than
320 locations throughout the United States. MindSpring is also a leading
provider of Web Hosting services and domain registrations.

In November 1997, MindSpring earned CNET: The Computer Network's "Buy It"
recommendation as the best value national ISP. Ranking ISPs in December
1997, PC World named MindSpring the ISP with the best Customer Support,
noting MindSpring "gives its users the moon." Smart Money called MindSpring
"The Better Option" to AOL in February 1998. Upside Magazine said
MindSpring "understands the value of service, community and brand in the
cold world of the Net," in its February 1998 analysis of the top 150
technology companies in the United States. MindSpring was given Home Office
Computing's "Best Buy" for Web Hosting in its April 1998 issue. To learn
more about MindSpring and its services, visit the web site at or call (800) 719-4332.

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