Friday, November 17, 2006

AOL gets out of BB, NetZero Jumps In

NetZero will start offering DSL in Verizon region. "United Online's broadband play is yet another sign that the Internet dial-up business is dying on the vine.... United Online reported that revenue from its Internet access business for the third quarter declined 15 percent, compared to the same quarter in 2005." United Online should stick to it's other brands like ZDNet emphasizes what I have been saying: "Competing directly with the phone companies and cable operators for broadband customers won't be easy, however, because these service providers own the infrastructure that United Online and others, such as EarthLink, lease to deliver similar services. The situation could get even more difficult as the Federal Communications Commission fazes out regulations that have kept in check wholesale prices for network access....In fact, pricing for the new NetZero services is actually more expensive than that currently charged by Verizon."

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