Beam me DSL, Scotty
"Trekkies" have their own conventions, their own wardrobe, and some say their own world, so why not their own DSL service?EarthLink Inc. has teamed with StarTrek.net to satisfy the appetites of die-hard Star Trek fans — to go where no man has gone before, at the speed of broadband.
For $39.95 a month, subscribers explore the cyber frontier via a DSL connection, turn their browser into a Star Trek-themed launching pad, and communicate with fellow Trekkies and friends via a Star Trek e-mail address (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org).
Subscribers also are armed with tools to create their own fan Web site and can download desktop backgrounds, icons and sounds. A monthly subscription will unlock the door to sneak peeks as Star Trek productions, in-depth interviews with cast and crew of various Star Trek series, fictional multimedia documentaries about the Star Trek universe, news articles, photo galleries and videos.
After six months, the monthly fee gets bumped up to $49.95 a month.
It's interstellar partnership is part of EarthLink's mission to attract subscribers. Recently, the ISP inked a deal with Gateway to promote its high-speed cable modem service in Gateway Country stores.