A bit of consolidation you probably wouldn’t have noticed (I barely did):
Internet provider Windstream today announced that it will buy EarthLink for $673 million in an all-stock transaction. The merger is focused on creating a stronger network operator for business customers, but it also provides a reminder that after all these years, dial-up Internet is still being sold.
EarthLink was founded in 1994 to provide dial-up Internet service and had more than 1 million customers by the late 1990s. But while dial-up has long been overtaken by DSL, cable, and fiber network technologies, EarthLink is still offering its original Internet service and boasts, “We’re the dial-up Internet experts. It’s what we’ve been doing best since 1994.”
EarthLink dial-up costs $9.95 a month for the first three months and $24.95 a month thereafter (or $14.50 a month if you prepay for a year). For that price, you’ll get “Unlimited 56K dial-up access,” e-mail, and “10MB of webspace for your own website,” the company says. EarthLink also advertises DSL, cable, and satellite service through reseller agreements that allow EarthLink to sell the services without building the networks itself.
And, since you’re going to ask, they’re one of the few ISPs who will let you keep an email address after you’ve terminated other services from them — for a price, of course. I kept an EarthLink dialup until about 2009, just in case.
(Via @JenLucPiquant. No, EarthLink has not sent me a notification.)