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Microsoft, Verizon climb into bed together

Thu, 06/20/2002 - 8:00pm
Susan Rush

Look out America Online, Microsoft Corp. is moving full-speed ahead with its broadband agenda. The latest: the software giant has forged a DSL partnership with Verizon Communications.

The co-branded service, dubbed "Verizon Online with MSN," will be available to all MSN Broadband customers and Verizon Online DSL customers in the Verizon Online DSL service area. The service is slated to roll out early next year.

In addition to a high-speed Internet connection, subscribers will be privy to "unique features" from Microsoft. Subscribers also will have access to MSN content, instant messenger and Hotmail. The companies did not provide details of what the "unique features" might be, but said they would be part of the MSN 8.0 package when it is released.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the companies said they plan to share revenue.

MSN Broadband is available in 70 markets nationwide.

The partnership builds on a deal Microsoft recently struck with Verizon Wireless. The companies plan to jointly develop and market wireless data services. The service, dubbed "VZW with MSN," offers Verizon Wireless customers who have Web-enabled phones to access Microsoft services, including MSN Messenger, Microsoft .Net alerts and Hotmail.

Microsoft has existing broadband partnerships with Qwest Communications International Inc. and Charter Communications Inc. It also has stakes in Comcast and AT&T.

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