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EarthLink to expand in L.A.

September 12, 2008|Alana Semuels

EarthLink Inc. is expanding its cable broadband footprint in Los Angeles beyond the 400,000 homes where it's now available. The faster Internet service will now be available to 4 million additional homes in the area.

EarthLink is billing it as an alternative to Time Warner Cable -- sort of. Although it offers customer support and features on top of it, EarthLink uses Time Warner Cable's infrastructure to deliver the service. But it's definitely a lot faster than dial-up.

"It's important to give customers choice," said Kevin Brand, EarthLink's senior vice president of product management.

EarthLink's Internet services will be offered using Time Warner's underlying infrastructure but will be sold by EarthLink separately. Time Warner also will sell EarthLink's Internet services at its call centers.

The EarthLink broadband service will cost $41.95 a month for speeds of up to 6 megabits per second, compared with the $44.95 that Time Warner charges.

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