Cox Communications and EarthLink Agree to High-Speed Cable-Based Internet Service Trial

April 26, 2001

ATLANTA –EarthLink (Nasdaq:ELNK)

and Cox Communications Inc. (NYSE:COX

) today announced an agreement to conduct a technical trial of EarthLink’s Internet

services over Cox’s broadband cable network.

The six-month trial will allow both companies to test the service

with the option of negotiating a definitive open access agreement.

During the trial, scheduled to begin in the third quarter,

EarthLink and Cox will work together to develop and roll out Internet

service over Cox’s cable network in the company’s El Dorado, Ark.,

cable system.

“We see cable as an important component of EarthLink’s overall

broadband strategy, so joining forces with Cox on this trial was an

easy decision,” said Mike Lunsford, EarthLink’s executive vice

president of broadband services.

“This trial demonstrates the willingness of Cox to work with

Internet partners to promote consumer choice and foster the

development of broadband services. We are excited to be the first

unaffiliated ISP to work with Cox and look forward to establishing a

long and mutually beneficial relationship,” said Lunsford.

“We look forward to working with EarthLink as we initiate our

first multiple ISP trial,” commented Dallas Clement, senior vice

president of strategy and development for Cox Communications. “We are

eager to explore the technical feasibility of offering more than one

ISP on our network in anticipation of forming a relationship that

allows both of us to realize the significant business opportunities

that exist in the high speed Internet access market.”

This announcement marks the third such agreement EarthLink has

reached with one of the five largest U.S. cable operators in the last

six months. In November 2000, EarthLink reached a definitive agreement

with Time Warner, and in March 2001, it agreed to Philadelphia-area

trials with Comcast. In addition, EarthLink has been working with

Charter Communications to deliver broadband service since 1997.

About EarthLink Broadband

With more than 288,000 broadband subscribers, EarthLink is one of

the leading broadband Internet service providers. EarthLink DSL is

currently available in more than 70 major metropolitan markets through

more than 2,650 Central Offices (COs). The company also offers its

award-winning Internet services through cable, satellite, Ricochet®

and fixed wireless technologies. Its commitment to offer a variety of

broadband technologies through multiple vendors allows EarthLink to

offer its high-speed services to members in more areas of the country.

About EarthLink

The No. 1 Provider of the Real Internet(TM), EarthLink brings the magic of

the Internet to 4.8 million subscribers every day. With headquarters in Atlanta,

EarthLink provides a full range of innovative access, hosting and e-commerce

solutions to thousands of communities through more than 7,500 dial-up points

of presence, and broadband and wireless technologies. EarthLink is committed

to doing an exceptional job of pleasing its subscribers, shareholders and the

community by following the company’s Core Values and Beliefs (

Information about EarthLink services is available by calling 800/395-8425 and

through EarthLink’s Web site at

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications, a Fortune 500 company, serves approximately 6.2 million

customers nationwide, making it the nation’s fifth largest cable television

company. A full-service provider of telecommunications products, Cox offers

an array of services, including Cox Cable; local and long distance telephone

services under the Cox Digital Telephone brand; high-speed Internet access under

the brands Cox@Home, Road Runner and Cox Express; advanced digital video programming

services under the Cox Digital Cable brand; and commercial voice and data services

via Cox Business Services. Cox is an investor in telecommunications companies

including Sprint PCS and Excite@Home, as well as programming networks including

Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Outdoor Life and Speedvision. More

information about Cox Communications can be accessed on the Internet at

Contact Information:


Kurt Rahn, 626/351-7318

Alexander Ogilvy Public Relations

Stephanie Styles, 404/881-2351

Cox Communications

Amy Cohn, 404/843-5769