ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH SELLS ISP BUSINESS

By: Staff Reports

Decision Follows Similar Move In Tucson


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s online operation,
postnet.com, announced that it has sold its dial-up Internet
Service Provider (ISP) business to Atlanta-based Earthlink. The
service has about 14,000 subscribers in the St. Louis area.

With many local competitors offering ISP service, postnet.com
officials decided it was time to focus all resources on the
newspaper’s Web site. The ISP business “was more of a distraction
than anything else,” said Colette Hogan, president of postnet.

In addition, competitors such as the local phone company are now
offering increasingly popular high-speed access, which
postnet.com did not offer.

Also this week, Tucson Newspapers Inc. in Arizona sold its dial-
up ISP business to Earthlink. That company is jointly owned by
Gannett Co. Inc. and Pulitzer Inc., the St. Louis-based parent
company of postnet and the Post-Dispatch.

Bob Woodworth, president and chief executive of Pulitzer, told
the Post-Dispatch Thursday, “The sale of our Internet
service provider business to EarthLink will allow each of us to
focus on specific areas of online expertise, and for Pulitzer,
that is content.”



Related story:

TUCSON NEWSPAPERS SELL ISP BUSINESS (01/11/01)



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