United Online jumps in the broadband pool
Free from its exclusive ISP provider agreement with now bankrupt Excite@Home, Comcast Cable Communications has opened up its systems to other ISPs. United Online Inc. has launched a high-speed Internet access service in Indianapolis and Nashville over Comcast systems.
The launch marks the first broadband foray for United Online, which owns the NetZero and Juno ISP services that claim a combined 5.6 million dial-up customers. Both are bargain ISPs, offering a limited free service supported by advertising and a $9.95 monthly service with faster speeds and less advertising.
Subscribers have two pricing plans from which to choose. Juno Basic Broadband is priced at $39.95 a month and includes a Juno Free dial-up account. Juno Platinum Broadband is priced at $44.90 a month and includes a Juno Platinum dial-up account. To get either service plans, customers are required to fork over $49.95 in installation fees. If a subscriber does not have a cable modem or his existing modem is not compatible with the Juno Broadband Service, a modem can be rented for $5 a month.
Comcast announced it was getting into the multiple ISP game in February.