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Ed Hansen, MindSpring Enterprises, Inc.
MindSpring Announces Consumer aDSL Plans for California, Texas Over Covad Network
MindSpring aDSL Service Available Fall 1999
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 30, 1999--Leading national Internet Service Provider, MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPG) and Covad Communications (Nasdaq: COVD), a leading broadband provider, today announced plans to introduce a consumer Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (aDSL) service to select markets in California and Texas this fall. The new MindSpring aDSL service marks the company's first rollout of broadband Internet access on the West Coast.
"MindSpring's new aDSL service will give consumers in California and Texas a choice in how they receive high-speed access to the Internet," said Jim Anderson, MindSpring's group product manager for fast access. "MindSpring aDSL delivers the same high-quality Internet service our customers expect, using a broadband infrastructure that is one of the best in the industry. And, it is backed by our award-winning, 24-hour customer service and support."
MindSpring will offer its consumer aDSL service over Covad Communication's network, the largest DSL network in the U.S with service available to 13 million homes and businesses. The two companies previously announced an agreement whereby Covad is the preferred provider of sDSL (Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line) service to MindSpring Biz, a division of MindSpring focused on providing Internet services to small- and medium-sized businesses.
"We are pleased to partner with MindSpring to offer aDSL services to their strong national base of customers," said Robert Roblin, executive vice president of marketing for Covad. "Together we are preparing MindSpring's customers to be Internet-ready for the streaming video and sound applications of today, as well as the future of the Internet where broadband applications will be used for everything from e-shopping to downloading the content of advanced portal sites."
Covad's DSL technology allows for high-speed Internet access using the copper phone wires found in nearly all residences today. Once installed, the high-speed connection is secure, "always on," and offers data transfer speeds of up to 50 times faster than a traditional 28.8 Kilobit per second (Kbps) modem. This advanced connection removes the need to dial-in each time a user wants to browse the Internet or download e-mail, and eliminates delays, busy signals and disconnects.
MindSpring currently offers a high-speed cable modem Internet service via the hybrid fiber coaxial network of Knology Holdings, Inc., in Montgomery, Ala. and Columbus, Ga., and plans to expand into three more Knology markets by the end of 1999. In addition, MindSpring has an agreement with BellSouth Corporation (NYSE: BLS) to provide consumer aDSL service this fall over BellSouth's network. The service will rollout initially in the Atlanta area and will be available throughout the Southeastern United States in 2000.
MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPG) 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 775 locations throughout the United States. MindSpring is also a leading provider of Web Hosting services and domain registrations.
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About Covad Communications
Covad Communications Company is a leading high-speed Internet and
network access provider offering DSL services through Internet Service
Providers to small- and medium-sized businesses and consumers, and
sold directly to large enterprise customers. Covad's service is
on-line in 13 regions currently encompassing 33 Metropolitan
Statistical Areas. Service is available in the San Francisco Bay Area,
Los Angeles, Seattle, Sacramento, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C.,
Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Diego, Atlanta and Detroit
metropolitan areas. Covad has announced plans to deploy its networks
in a total of 22 regions, encompassing 51 metropolitan statistical
areas nationwide. Covad Communications Company and its affiliates
doing business as Covad Communications Company, are wholly owned
subsidiaries of Covad Communications Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:COVD).
Corporate headquarters is located at 2330 Central Expressway, Santa
Clara, CA, 95050. Telephone: 1-888-GO-COVAD; FAX: 408-844-7501. Web
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