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Jinxed From the Start?

[Sydney, AUSTRALIA] Victoria-based Jinx net intends to offer free broadband Internet access over Cable & Wireless Optus' HFC network.

"We aim to be the first company to offer this service in Australia. This is the service for which others are charging upwards of $60 per month," the company claims on it's Web site. The offering is to be supported by advertising revenue earned from a "jinx-explore navigational window" visible on all users' screens. Upon rollout, estimated to be around mid-2001, customers will be charged a $400 one-off joining fee including cost of installation of software, network card and cable modem. The service is to be available in areas in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

According to general manager of Jinx net, Joel Grant, the company has "no partnerships in place with either Optus nor Telstra," but intends to establish these once sufficient advertisers are on board. He did not disclose how the company intended to access Optus' cable network, but said Jinx staff would connect homes to the cable.

Would-be customers can sign up at the Web site, providing their address, software/hardware configurations and phone numbers, but are warned that "For technical and commercial reasons, our service is not available at the moment. Upon registering you will be placed in queue. The queue currently stands at a number of months."