Big 3 dial-up ISPs see future differently

December 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Have you noticed the divergent paths of the Big 3 dial-up ISPs? EarthLink’s acquisition of One Communications brings it closer to becoming a B2B communications services company. United Online used its cash to buy FTD (yes, the flower company) in 2008. And AOL, before it spun out of Time Warner, used it’s cash flow to pay its parent a healthy dividend, and today endeavors to become a diversified and relevant online media company. They couldn’t be more different. Appears that dial-up service is the “stem cell” of the technology industry – able to become whatever its controller desires.

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