InvestorsFebruary 2, 2006
AOL and Charter Communications Announce Broadband Marketing Partnership; Charter Joins AOL's Coast to Coast Broadband Network to Deliver a Better, Faster Internet
DULLES, Va. & ST. LOUIS, Feb 02, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- AOL and Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:CHTR) today announced a partnership to offer consumers the AOL(R) service and Charter's high-speed Internet access.
The combined offer provides AOL members access to the AOL service's leading security features and exclusive content via Charter's true high-speed Internet connection at the competitive price of $25.90 per month. Beginning on February 6, 2006, AOL members in the Charter footprint will be able to sign-up for the new combined offering, as well as order a cable modem, making it simple and convenient to upgrade from dial up.
"With the addition of Charter to AOL's coast-to-coast broadband network, we're expanding our footprint so that more AOL members around the country are able to take advantage of a competitively-priced high-speed offering," said Joe Redling, President of AOL's Access Business. "We're happy to add this major new cable partner to our network of Internet providers as we are entering this new phase for our company."
Bob Quigley, Charter's Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, said: "Through this innovative marketing partnership, we're targeting new high-speed customers and expanding our customer base. Our robust high-speed product makes all aspects of the Internet experience better, and together with AOL's popular online service, provides a very compelling offer."
Key features of the new offering will include:
-- Speed: The high speed of broadband makes all aspects of the Internet experience more valuable.
-- Fast & Easy Setup: Makes getting up and running quick and easy.
-- Customer Service: Help that's available 24/7, including help via phone, e-mail or instant message.
-- Safety: A comprehensive set of safety and security tools available to keep users safer against viruses, spyware, identify theft, and other online threats for no additional charge.
-- Content: AOL exclusive and original programming including commercial free radio, streaming video and additional Charter content offerings through charter.net including games, music and more -- all more enjoyable than ever.
-- Storage: Additional benefits like unlimited email and picture storage on AOL.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, Inc., a broadband communications company, provides a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including cable television on an advanced digital video programming platform via Charter Digital(TM), Charter High-Speed(TM) Internet service and Charter Telephone(TM). Charter Business(TM) provides scalable, tailored and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to organizations of all sizes through business-to-business Internet, data networking, and video and music services. Advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media(R) brand. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com.
About America Online, Inc.
America Online, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate a leading network of Web brands and the largest Internet access subscription service in the United States. Brands include the AOL(R) service, the AOL.com(R) website, and the AIM(R), MapQuest(R), Moviefone(R), Netscape(R), CompuServe(R) and ICQ(R) services. America Online offers a range of digital services including the TotalTalk(TM) voice service. The company also has operations in Canada and Europe. America Online, Inc. is based in Dulles, Virginia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX).
Consumers can find out more about this offer by visiting http://www.aol.com/highspeed or AOL(R) Keyword: High Speed.
SOURCE: America Online, Inc.
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