Kmart's BlueLight.com has acquired select assets of Spinway, the company that provided the infrastructure for BlueLight.com's free Internet service. Facing financial difficulties, Spinway, which as a company shut down December 1, allowed BlueLigt.com to acquire the select assets that would allow the retailer to continue to offer its Internet service, which now serves more than 5.2 million subscribers. While, financial details of the deal were not disclosed; under the terms of the deal, BlueLight will acquire all of the intellectual property and ISP facilities of Spinway, in addition to retaining a group of key employees, BlueLight said in a statement. Spinway provided Internet access to companies, which then offered free services to employees or customers. Yahoo! and NBC Internet use Spinway to offer free ISP services. BlueLight started offering Internet service in December 1999 as a marketing tool to bring Kmart shoppers online.
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