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Juno Expands Broadband Services

Juno Online Services Inc. Monday completed deployment of its Juno Express high-speed Internet access service to 22 U.S. markets.

The free e-mail incubator currently provides broadband access to 22 markets including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Juno Express used Digital Subscriber Line technology supplied through a relationship with Covad Communications Co. to expand its high-speed service. Juno intends to expand to additional broadband connectivity throughout additional U.S. major metropolitan markets later this year.

Earlier this year, the company introduced Juno Express in New York City and other parts of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

Wendy Rosenberg, Juno (JWEB) senior vice president of Juno Express, said its DSL service rollout is going smoothly.

"The feedback from our initial launch in the New York City area has been very positive," Rosenberg said. "Pur partnership with Covad (COVD) is working out very well."

Juno Express provides consumer DSL connections in qualifying locations for $50 a month. Juno is currently offering new subscribers a $200 rebate on installation and DSL modem fees.

Juno offers several tiers of Internet services, ranging from free basic dial-up Internet access broadband access in select markets. Its revenues are derived primarily from the subscription fees charged for its billable premium services, advertising sales and e-commerce ventures.

The company reported more than 3.0 million active subscribers, or about one-third of its total subscriber base, during the month of March. About 2.3 million of those users were Web-enabled subscribers and approximately 700,000 were originally able to use only Juno's original e-mail service.