TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Covad, Earthlink Trial Phone and Internet Service

Covad, Earthlink Trial Phone and Internet Service

Lisa Minter (
Mon, 6 Jun 2005 14:28:27 -0500

Covad Communications Group and Earthlink Inc. said on Monday they
would test a service offering telephone lines and high-speed Internet
access to residential customers, aimed at competing with dominant
phone and cable companies.

Earthlink, one of the larger U.S. Internet service providers, has seen
its base of dial-up subscribers steadily erode due to competition from
high-speed service. Earthlink's shares fell sharply last week after
SBC Communications Inc., said it would offer broadband Internet access
for $14.95 per month.

Covad and Earthlink said the trial would begin in October in Dallas,
San Francisco, Seattle and San Jose, California. Pricing was not

The service will use a technology known as a line-powered
system. Covad will lease the copper wires running between customers'
homes and the local telephone network, hooking those loops into
Covad's own network.

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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