By: Staff Reports
Wireless Services Are Next
America Online (AOL) has announced that in the next thirty days the Digital City
network will complete its expansion to 200 city sites from the existing 60 sites
and launch a wireless service.
AOL also launched Digital City 2000 as a service upgrade that intends to increase
functionality on its local sites. Part of the strategy is putting more local
planning tools on one page.
Digital City Wireless, not officially launched, plans to make content and services
from its local network available on wireless phones, pagers, and other handheld
But the impact of the wireless program won’t be felt before the 140 new Digital
City sites are completed. AOL says that each new city site will provide local
programming and content from local partners. Digital City sites are intended to be
a one-stop destination for local information.
Newspaper Web sites have kept a watchful eye on how portals’ local networks have
been shaping up. Until now, newspapers’ strength online has been local
information-gathering tools that were already in place for the print edition.
The AOL Digital City network may give the newspapers a run for their money.
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