TUCSON NEWSPAPERS SELL ISP BUSINESS

By: Staff Reports

StarNet Will Continue To Offer High-Speed DSL


The daily newspapers in Tucson, Ariz., are selling their local
Internet Service Provider business to Earthlink. Tucson
Newspapers Inc.’s parent companies, Gannett Co. Inc. and Pulitzer
Inc., made the decision to sell the dial-up ISP business, which
has about 9,600 subscribers.

The company will keep its high-speed Digital Subscriber Line
(DSL) service, which has about 1,300 customers. Tucson Newspapers
President and CEO Cathy G. Davis said that the high-speed DSL
business “is a growth area,” while the slower dial-up service is
not. The company hopes to gain more DSL subscribers.

StarNet’s dial-up customers will see their accounts switched to
Atlanta-based Earthlink by the end of February. StarNet is the
online service of the Arizona Daily Star and the Tucson
Citizen, which are published in a joint operating agreement.
The Star is a Pulitzer paper; the Citizen is owned
by Gannett.

StarNet will continue to provide Web site hosting and design to
the Tucson community. Ten StarNet customer service
representatives were laid off as a result of the sale, but they
are being offered the chance to relocate to other divisions in
the company.



Copyright 2001, Editor & Publisher.

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