AltaVista has launched a free dial-up Internet access program.
In return for unlimited Net service and e-mail, users must watch a constant stream of ads.
The AltaVista follows in the footsteps of other free ISP offers, from companies such as NetZero Inc., Surfree.com and Tritium Networks.
AltaVista is partnering with San Francisco-based 1stUp.com to offer the service.
The service requires recipients to use a personalized MyAltaVista start page as their permanent home page. A small window displaying ads will run continuously while the user is online. AltaVista said the window “takes up less than five percent of a user’s desktop and can be positioned anywhere on the screen at the user’s discretion.”
Users must also tolerate a “MicroPortal service” on their desktop, a separate window that displays links to additional AltaVista services.
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