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Earthlink to Offer DirectTV, Dish Service

Associated Press News Wire (
Mon, 20 Feb 2006 22:50:42 -0600

EarthLink Inc. said Monday it will offer DirecTV and Dish Network
satellite television service in bundled options in select markets
across the United States.

The Atlanta-based Internet service provider said the offers will begin
by the end of the first quarter. It did not say in which markets the
options will be available nor offer any pricing details.

Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp., the dominant local telephone provider
in nine southeastern states, also has a partnership with DirecTV
Inc. to offer bundled services.

The idea is to allow customers to pay for their telephone, Internet
and satellite television services on a single monthly bill.

There is intense competition to provide such bundled services among
traditional telephone companies, Internet providers and cable

News Corp. has a 34 percent stake in El Segundo, Calif.-based DirecTV, which
has about 15 million customers. Rival EchoStar Communications Corp.,
based in Englewood, Colo., has about 12 million.

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