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More Jobs Are Cut At Excite@Home

8/12/2001 8:00 PM Eastern

As part of an ongoing restructuring — and in a bid to cut costs —

Excite@Home Corp. has laid off between 50 to 100 employees over the last two weeks, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

The last two Mondays have not been happy ones at the data-over-cable provider. On July 30 and Aug. 6, the company let between 25 and 50 employees go.

The most recent cuts represent roughly 1 to 2 percent of the broadband company's 2,500-member workforce.

Excite@Home spokeswoman Londonne Corder said the move is part of a plan to realign the company's operations from a "divisional" to a "functional" structure, and is not considered part of company-wide layoffs levied earlier this year.

For example, a divisional set-up typically houses its own sales force and financing and marketing departments within each unit. In a functional structure, many of those functions are centralized. Corder declined to say which positions were eliminated during the most recent round of cuts.

The company's most recent restructuring activities are the latest in a string that has continued to pare down Excite@Home's workforce.

In June, Excite@Home said it was in the process of shuttering its media operations in France, Germany and Spain and closing down seven smaller portals headquartered in London, including Web sites tailored to Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Poland. That decision could affect about 85 employees, though some could be reassigned to another part of the company, Excite@Home officials said at the time.

In May, Excite@Home said it would lay off about 380 workers, or roughly 13 percent of its entire staff. That followed a staffing cutback in January that affected about 250 employees.

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