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AT&T turns on WorldNet

Although busy doing deals with online service providers, AT&T managed to launch its WorldNet dial-up Internet access service today on schedule, and some 212,000 users have already submitted orders.

Although busy doing deals with online service providers, AT&T managed to launch its WorldNet dial-up Internet access service today on schedule.

AT&T said some 212,000 customers, who called in their orders for the service in the first two weeks after the announcement, will receive their access software in the next couple of weeks. All others will have to wait for four to six weeks.

But AT&T isn't the only telephone company getting into the Internet access market this week. Bell Atlantic plans to unveil its Net access service in a matter of days, a company official confirmed today.

Bell Atlantic, the regional Bell for the northeastern states, will offer businesses dedicated high-speed Internet access beginning in late April, said the official Larry Plumb. The company will offer dial-up 28.8Kbps and ISDN Internet access this summer.

Pricing for the service was not available. But Bell Atlantic may have a difficult time topping AT&T's offer of five hours of free access for its long distance customers, which was announced last month.