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MindSpring Introduces V.90 Service

Upgrade Allows Faster, More Stable Connections

ATLANTA (August 11, 1998) – MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:MSPG) today announced it has begun an upgrade of the MindSpring owned-and-operated network to the V.90 protocol for 56 Kbps-compatible modem connections. V.90 is the new international standard that supplants the "x2®" and "K56Flex®" 56K protocols, which are not cross compatible for connection speeds above 33.6K.

"MindSpring is excited to have initiated this upgrade, which will improve the speed and stability of our members’ Internet connections," said Jim Markle, MindSpring’s executive vice president of network operations. "Our goal is to provide our customers with the best Internet experience we can, which includes rolling out the most advanced technologies as soon as we are satisfied with their reliability."

The upgrade has been completed in a number of cities and other points-of-presence on the MindSpring network will be upgraded over the next 30 days, providing V.90 service to more than 80% of MindSpring’s customer base. Information about the rollout and schedule is available at <http://www.mindspring.com/prod-svc/v90/>. MindSpring expects the third-party networks serving the remainder of its customers will announce their V.90 rollout schedules in the near future.

Owners of "x2" and "K56Flex" modems can obtain free V.90 upgrades from the Web sites of most major modem manufacturers.

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 20,000 newsgroups. MindSpring offers local Internet service in more than 375 locations throughout the United States. MindSpring is also a leading provider of Web Hosting services and domain registrations.

PC World presented MindSpring with its "World Class Award for Best ISP" in July 1998. In November 1997, MindSpring earned CNET: The Computer Network’s "Buy It" recommendation as the national ISP providing the best value. Smart Money magazine called MindSpring "The Better Option" to AOL in February 1998, followed by a "Best Buy" recommendation from Smart Money Interactive in June 1998. MindSpring was given Home Office Computing’s "Best Buy" for Web Hosting in its April 1998 issue. FamilyPC, in its July 1998 issue, named MindSpring’s home page the "Best ISP Start Page." 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.

 

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