The pact is Prodigy’s first foray into providing nationwide DSL for its
users, who will be able to access the Internet via Bell Atlantic’s
Infospeed DSL service within the next two months, as a premium upgrade. The
launch is scheduled for select areas of Northern New Jersey, Philadelphia,
Washington, Pittsburgh, Boston and New York City.
Prodigy expects to roll out service to additional Northeast
markets as Bell Atlantic expands its DSL deployment this year.
Pricing for the DSL has not yet been finalized, but Prodigy said the
service will be
competitive with other high-speed offerings.
Bell Atlantic first launched its DSL service in October 1998 and expects to add areas serving more than 8 million households by the end of
1999 and 16 million by the end of the year 2000.
“Our customers are already beginning to turn from traditional media to new
networks and devices as a primary source of information and entertainment,”
said Bill Kirkner, Prodigy’s chief technology officer. “Our partnership
with Bell Atlantic marks one additional step in our broader longer-term
strategy of fulfilling those needs.”
“This alliance with Prodigy signals Bell Atlantic’s commitment to becoming a
premier provider of high-quality, high-speed data services to businesses and
consumers in our service area,” said Bruce Gordon, group president, Bell
Atlantic Enterprise Business.
“Bell Atlantic is committed to partnering with leading
Internet Service Providers to deliver fast, affordable Internet access to customers throughout the Northeast.”