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EarthLink, Sprint Co-Brand DSL Access

EarthLink Network Inc. and Sprint Communications Co. L.P. Monday joined forces to offer co-branded Digital Subscriber Line access through Sprint's DSL network.

EarthLink's effort to make broadband access available on existing copper lines signals another move by a national ISP to hasten the deployment advanced Internet access.

The companies forecast that by 2002, the EarthLink Sprint DSL Internet service will be available to more than 2.5 million people in the 18-state Sprint service area.

DSL access has been launched in Charlottesville, Va. for just under $53 a month when customers elect to contract for 1-year of service. Services will be introduced in Las Vegas, Nev., and in selected communities in the Orlando, Fla., and Kansas City, Mo., markets this summer.

"This DSL service is one of the first that's priced low enough that consumers can enjoy the speed of broadband, so we expect lots of residential interest in EarthLink Sprint DSL Internet access," said Bill Heys, senior vice president at EarthLink.

Heyes added that "high-speed technologies are the wave of the future on the Internet, and thanks to our alliance, Sprint and EarthLink are emerging at the forefront of the DSL market."

Mike Fuller, president of SprintLTD said, "Our unique relationship with EarthLink allows us to leverage both companies' core competencies to offer consumers and businesses world-class speed, reliability and support."

DSL technology utilizes existing copper telephone wires for high-speed communications. It allows voice and data to be carried over the same lines simultaneously. Subscribers may speak on the phone, fax someone and use the Internet at the same time.