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Short Take: AOL court order lifted

A court order barring America Online from signing up new customers in Washington state has been lifted. The original court order, put into place last Friday by a judge in Seattle, sought to halt AOL from signing up new members until it upgraded its system to handle the barrage of new customers swamping the network after it advertised flat-rate pricing for Internet access. Despite wide reports of busy signals and network bottlenecks, AOL continues to sign-up new users to offset member cancellations, according to company executives.

A court order barring America Online from signing up new customers in Washington state has been lifted. The original court order, put into place last Friday by a judge in Seattle, sought to halt AOL from signing up new members until it upgraded its system to handle the barrage of new customers swamping the network after it advertised flat-rate pricing for Internet access. Despite wide reports of busy signals and network bottlenecks, AOL continues to sign-up new users to offset member cancellations, according to company executives.