• EarthLink Buys Telecom Services Company One Communications For $370 Million

    EarthLink this morning announced that it will acquire telecom services provider One Communications for $370 million, which includes payment of roughly $285 million of the latter’s net debt. One Comm stockholders have the right to elect to receive the net merger consideration in the form of cash or EarthLink common stock. The merger has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both… Read More

  • Time Warner Ready To Unload AOL In Pieces. But At What Price?

    Time Warner is moving forward with its plans to sell off AOL in pieces, and is finally ready to formally separate the AOL portal and advertising business from its legacy dial-up access business. But how much can it hope to get for these parts? When Google invested $1 billion in AOL a few years ago for a 5 percent stake, that valued AOL at $20 billion (which some people thought was an… Read More

  • Philly's Wi-Fi is back on track

    A Wi-Fi signal broadcasts in Philadelphia. Let’s all celebrate! Right. The municipal Wi-Fi system in Philadelphia that was abandoned a few months ago is now back, thanks to a local gaggle of investors. The network, which was started by Earthlink some three years ago, is about 80 percent complete. The goal is to cover as many of the city’s 1.6 million residents in Wi-Fi. The new… Read More

  • Meraki Networks Raises $20 Million, Expands Free WiFi in San Francisco, Where Google Failed

    The dream of free municipal WiFi refuses to die. Meraki Networks is picking up the ball that Google and Earthlink dropped, expanding its free WiFi network to cover all of San Francisco. The service will be ad-supported (ads appear in your toolbar when you are browsing through a Meraki WiFi router), and the build-out will be paid for out of a $20 million series B round the startup just… Read More

  • EarthLink To Unveil WiFi Phone Beta

    EarthLink is expected to announce a beta test for Accton Technology Corp’s WiFi phone as early as tomorrow. Beta testing on the phone has been in the works on EarthLink’s municipal wireless network in Anaheim and it seems to be working very well. Like any WiFi phone, you’ll be able to make VoIP calls from your home network or on EarthLink’s Municipal WiFi network. As… Read More

  • New Orleans Municipal WiFi Going Dark

    What bullshit! Not surprising, but ridiculous nonetheless. Ars Technica just reported that the city-wide New Orleans Municipal WiFi will soon be shutdown in favor of a pay service from Earthlink. Apparently Earthlink will continue to offer 128kbps wireless for free for “as long as the city is rebuilding.” This was a great idea that was castrated early-on by laws that are overly… Read More

  • Earthlink Rolls out New Photo and Storage Service

    Last week Earthlink released a free online RSS reader, and a social bookmarking site. Recently, word has leaked (Earthlink actually quietly announced this on their blog in June) that a much more ambitious project, called WebLife, is now live as well. WebLife is a combination of two services: photo management and sharing, and online storage/backup. The basic service allows 1 GB of storge and… Read More

  • When Did Earthlink Get So Cool?

    Earthlink doesn’t conjure up images of cutting edge new web apps. In fact, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Earthlink is my old dial-up ISP account that took me forever to cancel. And on more than one occasion I’ve asked Steve Gillmor, who boasts Earthlink as a sponsor on his influential tech show Gillmor Gang, if any of his listeners (early adopter types) would… Read More