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Time Warner Cable/Juno team on Internet service

Wed, 04/25/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

Time Warner Cable and Juno Online Service Inc. agreed to provide Juno's Express Internet access service over TWC's cable systems. Both companies can market the service independently.

Subject to FTC approval, the agreement is a prelude to offering broadband to Juno customers as they become ready for it, Juno spokesman Gary Baker tells CEDaily. He estimates that will be over the next couple of years; Baker says Juno customers are typically late adopters and aren't yet ready for the service.

Still, rollout should start in the second half of 2001, although, "The first market hasn't been chosen yet," Baker says. Juno has completed months-long trials in Columbus, Ohio, but Baker couldn't say if that's where service would launch first. Markets will be chosen carefully to control implementation costs, he adds.

An ISP, Juno presently offers dialup service and limited — wireless ricochet and DSL — broadband. "Broadband is highly touted but still in its infancy," he says.

The TWC deal will allow Juno customers to move into broadband as needed, he says. Juno has also conducted similar trials with Comcast and AT&T, Baker says.

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