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AOL positions its brand everywhere

AOL strikes deals with 3Com and Hughes to hold on to its top spot among Internet access providers in the United States and considers offering a free access service in Europe.


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With the proliferation of handheld computers and other wireless devices and talk of the growth of Internet appliances and converged computers and television, AOL is striking deals to hold on to its top spot among Internet access providers in the United States. The company also is exploring options to pick up steam overseas, particularly in Europe.

"AOL is playing a game of enemy-of-my-enemy is my friend."

- Abhi Chaki, senior analyst, Jupiter Communications


3Com puts AOL in the palm of your hand
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AOL makes a $1.5 billion bet on satellites
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AOL to invest $1.5 billion in Hughes
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