RealTime IT News

EarthLink to Work the Circuit

Internet service provider EarthLink will be a featured provider at electronics retailer Circuit City's Broadband Stations, in-store kiosks with information about service providers, equipment and home networking. EarthLink High Speed Internet services featured at the Broadband Stations include EarthLink DSL, EarthLink 2-way Satellite and EarthLink Cable, in areas where available.

The addition of the Earthlink Broadband Services will expand the Richmond, Va.-based Circuit City's capability of offering consumers Internet access at speeds that are up to 20 times faster than standard dial-up service.

EarthLink is the only ISP to offer high-speed Internet access nationally through all three major broadband technologies: cable, DSL and two-way satellite. The Atlanta-based company also offers its Internet services on a wholesale basis via cable, DSL and fixed wireless technologies.

"We're excited to have the opportunity to bring EarthLink High Speed Internet to Circuit City customers," said Bill Heys, EarthLink's executive vice president of sales. "Circuit City's extensive retail presence -- combined with EarthLink's extensive broadband footprint through multiple high-speed technologies and multiple vendors -- provides a great opportunity for more Circuit City customers to access the best in high-speed Internet service available to them."

With 603 Circuit City Superstores and 29 mall-based Circuit City Express stores, Circuit City operates more consumer electronics specialty superstores in more markets than any other retailer. Circuit City's online presence, CircuitCity.com, offers an integrated clicks-and-mortar experience with a selection of consumer electronics, personal computers, movies, music and games; extensive product information; and Express Pick-up, which allows customers to order online and pick up in store.

"Broadband is one of the most fascinating technologies available today. The Broadband Station, complete with service and hardware product information, high-speed demonstrations and activation, makes broadband simple to understand, purchase and use," said John Froman, executive vice-president and chief operating officer for Circuit City. "This agreement further expands Circuit City's industry-leading selection of broadband products and services at retail."