named exclusive provider of Internet postage on AOL

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America Online and announced a broad distribution and marketing alliance that will make the exclusive provider of Internet postage on AOL, Netscape and CompuServe branded CD-ROMs, giving millions of small business customers access to software. AOL will also make a multimillion dollar investment in The alliance establishes as the premier online provider of postage software available within key areas across several AOL brands. The three-year, $56 million agreement expands an existing alliance between the two companies that has helped drive the number of pre-registrants for the service to over 100,000 consumers and businesses. Already approved by the U.S. Postal Service, enables consumers to print postage at any time. will develop co-branded versions of the Web site for each of the above-named AOL properties, two of which are among the top five most widely visited sites on the Internet. AOL's properties are heavily trafficked by's primary target segment, the Small Office/Home Office user.'s major competitor,, is preparing a major fourth-quarter campaign for its online postage site as well.

Copyright October 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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