EarthLink to Discontinue Operation of Its Municipal Wi-Fi Network in Philadelphia

Decision comes after EarthLink's agreement to transfer network to

non-profit for free unravels

Wi-Fi customers notified about 30-day transition period and alternative

access offers

May 13, 2008, 01:00 ET from EarthLink

    ATLANTA, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EarthLink (Nasdaq:   ELNK)
 today notified its Wi-Fi customers in Philadelphia that EarthLink is
 terminating its Philadelphia Wi-Fi service and that EarthLink is providing
 its customers a thirty-day transition period through June 12, 2008.
     After months of negotiations with the City of Philadelphia and a
 non-profit organization in which EarthLink offered to transfer to either
 the City or to the non-profit -- for free -- the entire $17 million Wi-Fi
 network, as well as pay cash and donate new Wi-Fi equipment, the transfer
 unraveled due to unresolved issues among the City, Wireless Philadelphia
 and the non-profit.
     "EarthLink has worked diligently for many months to transfer our Wi-Fi
 network to a new owner -- at no cost," said Rolla Huff, EarthLink's
 chairman and chief executive officer. "Unfortunately, our hope that we
 could transfer our network to a non-profit organization that had planned to
 offer free Wi-Fi throughout Philadelphia will not be realized. Since we
 have exhausted our efforts to find a new owner of the network, our only
 responsible alternative now is to remove our network at our cost and assist
 our Wi-Fi customers with alternative ways to access the Internet."
     EarthLink will continue to provide Wi-Fi service to its customers in
 Philadelphia during a transition period that will end on June 12, 2008.
 EarthLink will begin decommissioning the network shortly after the
 transition period. EarthLink is contacting its customers in Philadelphia to
 provide information about the termination of service and assist in the
 transition to other EarthLink Internet access services.
     EarthLink has also filed today a proceeding in federal court seeking a
 declaration that EarthLink may remove its equipment from the City's street
 lights and that EarthLink's total potential liability may not exceed $1
     EarthLink reclassified its municipal Wi-Fi assets to discontinued
 operations in the third quarter of 2007. EarthLink expects these actions
 will have no material impact to its current financial guidance.
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 Internet service provider, Atlanta-based EarthLink has earned an
 award-winning reputation for outstanding customer service and its suite of
 online products and services. EarthLink offers what every user should
 expect from their Internet experience: high-quality connectivity, minimal
 online intrusions and customizable features. Whether it's dial-up,
 high-speed, voice, web hosting, wireless or "EarthLink Extras" like home
 networking or security, EarthLink connects people to the power and
 possibilities of the Internet. Learn more
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