Lycos to Launch Free Net Service in LatAm

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (03/03/2000) - Yet another player in Latin America's Internet market plans to offer free access to the Net. Lycos Inc. intends to launch such a service, possibly this year, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

"Our goal is to definitely do this throughout Latin America, although we don't have a time frame yet for it," said Kirsten Rankin, a public relations official at Lycos. "It very well could happen this year. We're pursuing this very aggressively."

Free Internet access offers are spreading throughout Latin America. Some of the companies that are offering or have intentions to offer this service include StarMedia Network Inc., UOL Inc., Terra Networks SA, IFX Corp. and

The cost of accessing the Internet is often cited as a barrier to the growth of Internet users in the region. There were 10.6 million Internet users in Latin America last year, a figure expected to grow to 66.6 million users by 2005, according to New York-based market research company Jupiter Communications Inc.

Like its competitor Yahoo Inc., Lycos has launched sites for individual Latin American countries, and the company has strengthened its online offerings for the region with the launch of new services last month. [See "Lycos Launches Raft of Services for LatAm," Feb. 4.]Lycos, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, can be reached at 1-781-370-2700 or at

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