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MindSpring Acquires Cox Interactive Media's Internet Access Subscribers

ATLANTA (November 9, 1998) - MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPG) today announced it has purchased the consumer dial-up Internet subscribers of Cox Interactive Media which include AccessAtlanta in Atlanta, Austin360 in Austin, Texas, in West Palm Beach, Florida, in Miami, Florida and in San Francisco, California. MindSpring is a national Internet service provider. AccessAtlanta, Austin360,, and are Internet city sites from Cox Interactive Media. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. As of September 30, 1998, MindSpring reported 455,000 customers.

In transitioning to MindSpring's award-winning service, each subscriber will receive the MindSpring Starter Kit. The kit includes 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 subscribers should be complete within 60 days.

"MindSpring is excited to bring Cox Interactive Media's subscribers into our family," said Cliff Bryant, MindSpring's director of acquisitions. "We believe they will find the transition process easy and seamless, and our services unmatched."

"MindSpring is Atlanta-based. We know the company well, and respect the franchise they have built," commented Peter Winter, president, Cox Interactive Media. "This business is based upon exemplary customer service and our subscribers will now receive the benefit of that."

About Cox Interactive Media
Cox Interactive Media is the nation's most popular provider of local content on the Internet. The volume of CIM pages read by consumers exceeds the page view performance of any other local site network. (Media Metrix Special Analysis July 1998) To date, this network includes 25 city sites and two specialty sites and

CIM, founded in 1996, is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., and is headquartered in Atlanta. A leading media company, Cox Enterprises includes Cox Newspapers, Inc. (newspapers, direct mail marketing, book publishing), Cox Broadcasting, Inc. (TV, spot sales, television production, research, publicly-traded Cox Radio, Inc.) and publicly traded Cox Communications, Inc. (cable distribution, programming, broadband communications) in addition to Cox Interactive Media. The company also is the world's largest operator of automobile auctions through Manheim Auctions, providing financial services, government auctions, online services and price guides.

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. For more information, contact MindSpring at 1-888-MSPRING or visit the Web site at .

In November 1997, MindSpring earned CNET: The Computer Network's "Buy It" recommendation as the national ISP providing the best value. Ranking ISPs in December 1997, PC World named MindSpring the ISP with the best customer support, noting MindSpring "gives its users the moon," then presented MindSpring with its "World Class Award for Best ISP" in July 1998. 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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