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MCI sets up businesses with the Web

MCI today added its name to the list of companies doing matchmaking between businesses and the Web.

MCI today added its name to the list of companies doing matchmaking between businesses and the Web.

MCI WebSite Services will "host"--or, install and maintain--companies' Web sites on their own servers, thus minimizing the technical burden of setting up a corporate identity on the Web. MCI will provide consulting services for creating around-the-clock technical support and security services to make sure that no one breaks into a site. The company will also take care of registering domain names for its customers.

MCI is the latest in a series of companies to enter the Web-hosting business, an area that is expanding quickly as Internet service providers and Web tools vendors turn their attention to the small-business market. Unlike the larger companies that populate most of the Web, many small businesses lack either the know-how to put a site together or the resources to maintain a server 24 hours a day.

MCI's arch-rival, AT&T, last November announced a web-hosting and transaction service aimed at drawing merchants with 800 numbers online. Earlier this month, start-up company USWeb announced an ambitious plan to create a nationwide network of franchises that offer Web consulting and hosting. CompuServe entered the fray that same week with its WebMaster services.

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