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EarthLink Offers Static IP for Telecommuters

In a move designed to attract small-office/home office (SOHO) users to its high-speed Internet offering, EarthLink Inc., Tuesday unveiled a $15/month static IP address plan.

Currently available in only 17 markets of the 38 states in its broadband network, the service is an add-on to the Internet service provider's (ISP) standard home digital subscriber line (DSL) account, which normally runs at $49.95 a month.

The new plan is a boon for many telecommuters stuck paying for a business account, many times a high-price package that gives the remote worker several unnecessary static IP addresses and several email addresses. Under the new plan, a person can connect to a company's virtual private network (VPN) using the one IP address provided, at a fixed monthly charge.

John Ellis, EarthLink's director of broadband products, said the offering is a perfect fit for many long-distance workers.

"Our new static IP DSL service fits perfectly between our popular consumer asymmetric DSL (ADSL) offering and our high-end EarthLink Biz symmetrical DSL (SDSL) service," Ellis said. "Now those who want to step up to a static IP address can do so for minimal cost."