AOL Secures High-Speed Internet Deals
One day after announcing a deal with Sony to ship its applications on all new VAIO computers and become the default homepage, AOL has inked partnerships with BellSouth and AT&T to bundle exclusive programming for broadband users. AOL will also provide security software to customers from both companies.
With its dial-up business dwindling, AOL has turned to its content and software as a way to keep consumers visiting the company's properties, and in turn focusing on the advertising revenue such traffic brings in. Such deals with BellSouth and AT&T join similar agreements with Verizon and Time Warner as a way to keep AOL relevant in the broadband era.