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Road Runner Speeds Into Pennsylvania

High-speed cable Internet company Road Runner Tuesday began offering its services to subscribers of Pennsylvania's CABLECOMM cable system, a result of an agreement with parent firm Fanch Communications.

Under terms of the agreement, Road Runner service will be available to an initial 41,730 homes in and around Johnstown, Penn. By the end of the third quarter, the service is expected to expand to another 50,570 homes in the Altoona, Penn. area.

The service will be priced at $39.95 per month for cable subscribers, and $49.95 per month for non-cable subscribers.

Jack Pottle, president of Fanch Communications, said that this is Road Runner's first partner in Pennsylvania.

"We expect Johnstown to serve as a blueprint for subsequent launches in other communities," he said.

In related news, June 1999 is the anticipated launch date for Road Runner's service in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Time Warner's Cable Los Angeles will host the service on its cable network.

Road Runner is jointly owned by Time Warner, MediaOne Group, Microsoft Corp., Compaq Computer Corp. and Advance/Newhouse. It recently surpassed 180,000 subscribers.