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EarthLink, Gateway make broadband pact

Tue, 06/04/2002 - 8:00pm
Susan Rush

Gateway Inc. has lassoed another broadband partner. Consumers interested in signing up for EarthLink Inc.'s high-speed Internet service can now mosey on over to their nearest Gateway Country Store.

Under the agreement, EarthLink will market its EarthLink High Speed Internet service over Time Warner Cable to consumers in 56 Gateway retail stores in 14 states. As part of the promotion, customers who sign up for the service will receive a free installation and a month of free Internet access. The package, which retails for $41.95 a month, includes 8 e-mail addresses, 10MB of personal Web space and dial-up roaming.

At the Gateway stores, customers can preview the service and find out if it is available in their home. The EarthLink broadband service is available to qualified Gateway customers purchasing a new Gateway PC or Gateway YourWare bundle or to those wishing to upgrade their current PC to be broadband capable.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The deal with Gateway, marks the first time EarthLink has entered a retail partnership solely to market its cable-modem service. In December, EarthLink unveiled a partnership with Circuit City to peddle its three-pronged broadband service offering — cable, DSL and satellite — throughout the United States. EarthLink has a similar deal with OfficeMax.

Gateway has also signed promotional deals with Charter Communications Inc., AT&T Broadband, Comcast Corp. and Adelphia Communications.

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