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EarthLink riding fast AOL lines

AOL Time Warner has introduced EarthLink's high-speed Web service along with fast AOL service over Time Warner Cable pipes in the Tampa Bay and Raleigh, N.C. markets.

The launches come a week after AOL started offering high-speed service from rival EarthLink and AOL in Columbus, Ohio and Syracuse, New York.

AOL's $106 billion purchase of Time Warner was conditioned on the mega-media company agreeing to provide high-speed service from two rival Internet service providers within 90 days of offering its own service.

AOL Time Warner has indicated it will eventually provide high-speed Web access in its top 20 markets.
- Richard Tedesco