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@Home vs AOL - perhaps the most direct competition


AOL, which started out as a content provider before the internet took off and now has about 14 million subscribers. The current gorilla in the ISP world and the company which @Home has squarely in its sights to knock of the throne.

What can I say? Steve Case, the aggressive head of America Online (AOL) has competed so well that he has become the Gorilla in the ISP market. (A 500 pound Gorilla in an industry is an oft repeated concept that I don't want to explain here. If your interested, see post #1499) @Home is perfectly suited and situated to topple AOL in this King of the Hill game (though I don't know if The Motley Fool's will play court jester to them alone, there are a lot of Kings out there! ;o) ).


Article: Watch out for AOL, Time Warner deal
Jan 21, 1999

Rivals Call For Conditions On AT&T-TCI Deal
(Deals with other telcos whining about access)


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Here are some links to threads on the ATHM board dealing with @Home vs AOL:

Subject: Gloves off? AOL vs. @Home
Date: 7/28/98
Number: 404

AOL Challenges Cable Industry's Net Strategy
September 18, 1998,1449,1753,00.html?01

Subject: Perceived threat for ATHM
Date: 10/20/98
Number: 679
(Deals with a Deal between AOL and RoadRunner)

Subject: AOL via Cable Access
Date: 10/23/98
Number: 701

Subject: The AOL thing
Date: 10/26/98
Number: 709
(Deals with AOL access to TCI's cable and TCI's condition of @Home first)

Subject: AOL, the FCC and ATHM
Date: 11/17/98
Number: 757

Subject: More on AT&T, TCI, AOL and ATHM
Date: 11/19/98
Number: 764

Subject: AOL-branded high-speed phone lines
Date: 12/8/98
Number: 1096

Subject: Athm verses Aol
Date: 12/22/98
Number: 1491
(Note: contains DSL talk, too, lots of replys)

Subject: "AOL's Broadbanding Horizons" in Red H
Date: 12/27/98
Number: 1681

Subject: For all you @Home vs AOL junkies...
Date: 1/8/99
Number: 2311

Article: After failed AOL bid, what's next for AT&T?
June 17, 1998,4586,2113087,00.html

Article: @Home CEO takes AOL to task
November 13, 1998,4,28786,00.html

Article: Deal breaker?
Date? (10/98)

Subject: ATHM vs AOL - questions??
Date: 1/16/99
Number: 2809
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