I do hope he was kidding.
as quoted from the article;
"Jerry Grasso, Earthlink's director of
communications, said the corporation benefits by allowing other Internet
to use the network and serve more customers.
For example, Grasso said a user who prefers AOL
could log on to AOL's Web site and not even notice they were using Earthlink
"tubes" to get it."
Full story here;
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