EarthLink and Cox Communications Inc. recently agreed to conduct a technical trial of EarthLink's Internet services over Cox's broadband cable network. The six-month trial will allow both companies to test the service with the option of negotiating a definitive open access agreement.
During the trial, scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year, EarthLink and Cox will work together to develop and roll out Internet services over Cox's cable network in the company's El Dorado, Ark. cable system.
This announcement marks the third such agreement EarthLink has reached with one of the five largest U.S. cable operators in the last six months. In November 2000, EarthLink reached an agreement with Time Warner, and in March 2001, it agreed to Philadelphia-area trials with Comcast. In addition, EarthLink has been working with Charter Communications to deliver broadband service since 1997.
Cox also recently announced it would be deploying its movies-on-demand (MOD) service for selected customers in Hampton Roads, Va. Initial deployment of the service is scheduled to begin during the third quarter.
Cox's MOD service in Hampton Roads will use Motorola Inc.'s DCT-2000 set-top boxes, and hardware and software provided by Concurrent Computer Corp. In Demand will provide movies and other content. Hampton Roads is Cox's second market to offer MOD commercially since initially deploying the service in San Diego in September 2000.