AOL in alliances with AT&T, Netscape

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AT&T Corp. and America Online on Monday announced a non-exclusive alliance to offer customers of AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T's Internet access service to bow March 14) the ability to access and subscribe to America Online. AT&T will promote as well as make available the AOL software to AT&T WorldNet subscribers by this summer.

AT&T, which has already received about 200,000 orders for WorldNet, is also said to be in discussions with other online services, including Microsoft Network, Prodigy and CompuServe, for similar arrangements.

AT&T and AOL will do some co-marketing and co-distributing for the offer. While AT&T will charge users for access, AOL will charge its subscribers for content and membership. AOL pricing, which AOL President Ted Leonsis said will offer value for WorldNet subscribers, is yet to be determined.

Separately, AOL and Netscape Communications Corp. announced an expected alliance through which AOL will license the popular Netscape Navigator browser in all of its services, including Web service GNN. AOL gains a presence on Netscape's Web site. Netscape also announced a similar agreement with CompuServe in which customers of the CompuServe and Sprynet Internet access service get free access to the Navigator browser.

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