Financial terms were not disclosed, but the MSO said it will make EarthLink available to about 19 million homes passed by Time Warner’s cable systems. That footprint is expected to widen when Time Warner completes a deal to acquire certain systems from Adelphia Communications.
EarthLink has offered services on Time Warner Cable networks since November 2000. The arrangement stems from conditions tied to the merger of AOL and Time Warner Inc. At the time, regulators stipulated that Time Warner Cable must open up its networks to unaffiliated ISPs before AOL could be offered over the MSO’s hybrid fiber/coax networks.
“Both our customers and our companies have greatly benefited from offering EarthLink’s high-speed service on Time Warner Cable’s cable systems,” said Mike Lunsford, EarthLink’s president for access and voice services, in a statement.
“We have enjoyed a productive partnership with EarthLink. They have shown a commitment to working with us to deliver consumers a high-quality broadband experience,” added Time Warner Cable President & CEO Glenn Britt.