A new pricing plan offers households 10 -- rather than the previous 40 -- hours of free access service per month. The company is also eliminating the free service from areas where telecommunications costs make ad-supported only Internet access too expensive. The changes are slated to go into effect on Oct. 1.
The price for NetZero online access in future will be $9.95 per month, which the company already offers in its NetZero Platinum service, which eliminates a banner advertising window that has been a part of the free service. The new plan will affect approximately 38% of NetZero's 3.4 million subscriber base.
NetZero is in negotiations to merge with Juno Online Services, which had also attempted a completely ad-supported ISP. The two companies plan to unite their services into a new company called United Online. -- Catharine P. Taylor
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