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MindSpring Acquires Applied Innovations Subscribers

ATLANTA (April 17, 1998) - MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPG)
today announced it has purchased the dial-up Internet subscribers of
Applied Innovations of Gainesville, Georgia. MindSpring is a national
Internet service provider.

In transitioning to MindSpring's award-winning service, each Applied
Innovations subscriber will receive the MindSpring Starter Kit, which
included MindSpring's user access interface and a complete suite of
Internet software for Windows 95, Windows 3.x, or Macintosh; a
comprehensive User's Guide; and access to MindSpring's 24-hour toll-free
technical support service. Transition of the Applied Innovations
subscribers should be complete within 30 days.

"MindSpring is glad to welcome Applied Innovation's subscribers to our
family," said Cliff Bryant, MindSpring's director of acquisitions. "It is
our goal to make this transition as rewarding an experience as possible for
our new subscribers. This is one of the reasons we have been successful in
reaching agreements with companies who choose to exit the dial-up Internet
access business."

Applied Innovations will continue to offer dedicated access, web page
design and hosting services for businesses.

"We are pleased to offer our residential dial-up users the high-quality
customer service provided by MindSpring," said Steve McKibbon, president of
Applied Innovations.

About MindSpring
MindSpring is a leading Internet service provider focused 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 online 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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