@Bigger.net Just Got Smaller
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Advertising-based ISP @Bigger.net of San Jose, which offered customers a lifetime of Internet access for a one-time fee of $59.95, could sell all of its assets as early as next week.
The company has closed its offices and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Oct. 13, leaving the ISP's 40,000 subscribers guessing about the company's future.
@Bigger.net first ran into trouble in last year and filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Dec. 15,1997 owing millions of dollars to creditors.
A number of companies have expressed interest in the ISP. They include ICG Netcom, a subsidiary of ICG Communications Inc. in Colorado. The Internet provider Thursday offered @Bigger.net subscribers one month of free service and a $59.95 credit to customers who stay with Netcom for six months.
In an effort to lure @Bigger customers, Netcom plans to host an "Internet Care Unit", offering Internet connectivity and other services at the company's San Jose headquarters.
@Bigger based its low subscriber fees on an advertising program that allowed advertisers to target customers using one-to-one marketing techniques, via banner ads. When users logged on to the service, a rotating ad-banner window appeared, but if a user tried to shut the window, Internet access was disabled.