WASHINGTONPOST.com LAUNCHES FREE ACCESS PROGRAM

By: Staff reports

More Newspapers Offering Free Internet Access





Washingtonpost.com has joined the growing number of newspaper Web
sites that offer free Internet access to its users.


The Washington Post site announced Monday a partnership with
StartFree.com to provide readers with free analog dial-up access
to the Internet. StartFree.com will make the newspaper Web site
the point of entry to the Internet for those who sign up for the
service.



Washingtonpost.com plans to launch the SmartFree service sometime
this month, at which point it will be heavily promoted on the Web
site. SmartFree, a subsidiary of New York-based Thinking Tools
Inc., offers co-branded pages with an e-mail option for users.
SmartFree’s online connections will be at speeds up to 56K.


Among other newspapers providing free Internet access are The Dallas
Morning News and Denver Rocky Mountain News. The newspapers’ sites
partnered with 1stUp.com to provide users free Internet access
through co-branded pages.




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Lucia Moses (lmoses@editorandpublisher.com) is an associate editor
for E&P.











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