EarthLink Extends Satellite-Broadband Offer


EarthLink Network Inc. is continuing its full-scale push into the broadband
world by extending a promotional discount on two-way satellite service jointly
offered with Hughes Network Systems' 'DIRECWAY.'

The $300 rebate for service has apparently been successful in snaring new
customers, so the offer is being extended through 2001, according to the
Internet-service provider.

'Our goal has always been to offer the benefits of high-speed Internet
service to as many customers as possible,' EarthLink director of broadband
strategy John Ellis said in a release.

'The initial agreement with Hughes Network Systems opened up a whole new door
for our high-speed offerings, since it provides almost ubiquitous coverage
across the continental United States,' he added. 'By substantially reducing the
initial costs for the rest of the year, we've been able to make the service even
more attractive and increase demand.'

EarthLink high-speed Internet using DIRECWAY costs $69.95 monthly, or about
$20 more than most high-speed cable Internet offerings.

The offer also is relatively expensive in one-time fees -- with the discount,
customers must pay $399 for the dish and associated hardware and $199 for the
installation. An option for a dual dish able to link to DirecTV Inc.
direct-broadcast satellite programming and DIRECWAY services costs an additional
$30 in hardware and $75 for installation.

EarthLink now claims some 346,000 broadband customers using cable, digital
subscriber line and two-way satellite service.

The Atlanta-based ISP recently began offering cable-modem service in Time
Warner Cable's systems in Columbus, Ohio; Syracuse, N.Y.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.;
and Tampa, Fla.