While thousands of [email protected] customers throughout the US were without Internet access over the weekend, AT&T planned to have all former [email protected] subscribers switched over to its high-speed Internet system this week.
Over 500,000 [email protected] subscribers that have service through AT&T Broadband lost service Saturday morning after a San Francisco bankruptcy court ruled that [email protected] could terminate service to cable companies with which it could not reach agreements. [email protected] has reportedly demanded that the cable companies pay substantially more than their current approximate $16 per month to keep subscribers connected.
Cox Communications and Comcast Corp. struck a temporary deal with [email protected], allowing service to continue while they build their own high-speed systems. Comcast has 790,000 subscribers. Cox has 550,000.
[email protected] had four million subscribers.
After AT&T and [email protected] could not strike a deal, AT&T began moving the customers to its Internet access service over the weekend.
“We're appealing to our customers to stick with us as we add them to a reliable, high-quality network that will serve them well,” said Susan Marshall, senior vice president of Advanced Broadband Services for AT&T Broadband.
The first 330,000 of AT&T's 850,000 [email protected] subscribers have been transferred, and their e-mail addresses were switched from (username)@home.com to (username)@attbi.com.
The rest of the subscribers will be added in the “next few days”, according to AT&T. The company will issue credits to customers with service interruptions.
AT&T owns 23 percent of [email protected] and would like to buy the rest.
Meanwhile, another of [email protected]'s clients, Rogers Cable in Canada, said it was ready to “flip the switch” if it could not reach an agreement with [email protected] The Toronto-based company said 60 percent of its subscribers were already switched to new e-mail boxes at (username)@rogers.com.