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Sky's The Limit

EarthLink's founder tells how he found his fortune on the Net - and how you can, too.

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This story appears in the January 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The internet is an enticing but treacherous business arena--for every company that has prospered, hundreds have been mauled in a fast-moving, continuously changing marketplace. Basic access is a case in point: Just five years ago, the giant online access providers were Prodigy and CompuServe. Now Prodigy is struggling for survival as it fights against bruising newcomers such as America Online (AOL) and Microsoft Network, while CompuServe has been gobbled up by AOL.

But in the midst of this warfare, one company founded three years ago by a 23-year-old has kept humming along and today ranks as the nation's third largest Internet Service Provider (ISP), with upwards of 350,000 members.

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