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AOL buys rival service

The $1.2 billion sale of CompuServe will reshape the industry's landscape, strengthening America Online and bolstering WorldCom's backbone.

The $1.2 billion sale of CompuServe will reshape the industry's landscape, strengthening America Online as the leading online service and bolstering WorldCom in the backbone business. NEWS.COM examines what the deal means for the Internet service market and its consumers.

The selling of CompuServe
Latest developments
•  Will WorldCom own the backbone business?
•  Microsoft passed on CompuServe
•  Small ISPs ambivalent on deal
•  Letter from Microsoft Network
•  Letter from CompuServe CEO
•  AOL: Why CompuServe will stand alone
Terms of the deal
•  AOL, WorldCom buy CompuServe
•  AOL sheds problem: networks  news analysis
•  Letter from AOL's Steve Case
•  Three-way deal skirts the taxman
•  Telco becomes "one-stop shop"
•  Bertelsmann sees win-win
•  Live audio coverage  CNET Radio
Previous coverage
•  CompuServe to offer flat rate (August 20, 1997)
•  CompuServe losses widen (June 18, 1997)
•  ISPs: Content vs. connections (May 6, 1997)
•  AOL leads in busy signals (April 28, 1997)
•  AOL, CompuServe sized up (April 9, 1997)
•  AOL in talks to buy CompuServe (April 7, 1997)
•  Why CompuServe is in play (April 7, 1997)
•  Fighting for dominance (November 27, 1996)