EarthLink has teamed with Paramount Digital Entertainment to offer Star Trek DSL, a version of its high-speed digital subscriber line service that features a Trek-themed browser and start page and "Star Trek" e-mail addresses. DSL access to the Internet comes over standard telephone lines but with faster, more flexible connections than dial-up.
The service also comes with tools to help fans build their own "Star Trek" fan sites and downloadable desktop paraphernalia, including backgrounds, sounds and icons.
Paramount will provide fans of the vintage TV series and subsequent shows, films and books--renowned for their devotion to the characters and their adventures in strange, new worlds--with access to exclusive articles and information, including documentaries, interviews with casts and crews, and photo galleries. It already consolidates much of that on a Web site dedicated to the interstellar phenomenon.
The DSL service will cost $39.95 per month for the first six months of service. The service costs $49.95 per month after that, and a six-month commitment is required.
EarthLink's regular DSL service costs $49.95 per month as well. The company has been working toits dial-up users to the faster, and more expensive, broadband services, although it has focused more on its cable Internet service.
A dial-up version of the "Star Trek" service, which costs $21.95 per month, wasearlier this year.