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Businesses Get Content Help

A service enabling growing businesses to create their own Web sites was launched by Broadwing this week.

Broadwing's shared Web hosting and ecommerce services is designed to let users build attractive Web sites and ecommerce storefronts without the cost and labor of keeping up with frequent technological advances in Web design.

The service is geared toward business owners who are intimidated by the Web and reluctant to establish an online identity, according to Dom DeAngelo, president of Internet/data services at Broadwing Communications.

"Nearly half of small and midsize businesses do not yet have a presence on the World Wide Web," he said. "They perceive it to be too costly, are intimidated by technology or they're uncertain about how they can make the Web a useful part of their business."

The service bundles building tools with an integrated suite of site management utilities. Available options include online credit card network gateway access setup fees as well as merchant banking application fees. The offerings include six pre-configured Web site hosting packages ranging from 20 to 200 megabyte sites and four pre-configured eCommerce storefront packages.