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America Online, Inc. Completes Acquisition Of Compuserve Worldwide Online Services And Sale of ANS Communications.

DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 2, 1998--

AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services.  Receives $175 Million from WorldCom; Forms Strategic Alliance to Expand Access, Develop Next-Generation Broadband Network, and Lower

Network Costs

CompuServe to Remain As Separate Brand; New President of CompuServe

Interactive Services, Inc. Named

AOL and Bertelsmann AG Bertelsmann AG

German media company. Beginning as a religious printer and publisher in 1835, the company grew steadily over the next century. Though virtually destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945, it recovered quickly after World War II.
 Expand Joint Venture to Operate Leading

Pan-European Internet Online Business

America Online See AOL. , Inc. (NYSE NYSE

See: New York Stock Exchange
: AOL) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of CompuServe Corporation's worldwide online services. With the conclusion of the deal, AOL extends its Internet online leadership worldwide, with more than 2.5 million CompuServe members and over 11 million AOL members in 185 countries.

AOL also announced that CompuServe Interactive Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of America Online, will be headquartered in Columbus, Ohio Columbus is the capital and the largest city of the American state of Ohio. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816.  under a management team headed by Mayo S. Stuntz, Jr. As President, Mr. Stuntz will report to Bob Pittman, President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of AOL Networks. Mr. Stuntz was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)

The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president.
 of Century 21 Real Estate Corporation and has extensive experience managing in a multi-brand environment.

In this three-way transaction, WorldCom first acquired all of CompuServe Corporation (company) CompuServe Corporation - The parent organisation of CompuServe Information Service, CompuServe Network Services and CompuServe Remote Computing Services. CompuServe was owned by H.R. Block but is now (1999) owned by America On-Line.
 from H&R Block, Inc. WorldCom then exchanged CompuServe's worldwide online services and $175 million in cash for AOL's network services subsidiary ANS (ANS Communications, Inc, Purchase, NY) An ISP, Internet backbone and provider of private data network services, founded in 1990 as Advanced Network & Services, Inc., by IBM, MCI and Merit (consortium of Michigan universities).  Communications, Inc.

In addition, AOL's European partner Bertelsmann AG paid an additional $75 million to AOL for a 50-percent interest in CompuServe Europe's online business, and each company has invested $25 million in an expanded joint venture to operate that business. AOL also has entered into a five-year strategic relationship with WorldCom that will provide AOL with significantly expanded network capacity at favorable prices, and the two companies will collaborate on the deployment of a next-generation broadband network.

AOL said that it will operate CompuServe as a separate brand on its own network, retaining its distinctive services - with its own content, e-mail system, features and functionality - in the U.S., Europe and other international affiliates.

AOL Chairman and CEO Steve Case Steve Case (born August 21, 1958) is a businessman best known as the co-founder and former chief executive officer and chairman of America Online (AOL). He reached his highest profile when he played an instrumental role in AOL's merger with Time Warner in 2000.  said: "This is a major step forward for AOL and our drive to make the Internet a truly global phenomenon. The acquisition of CompuServe's worldwide online services and our expanded partnerships with WorldCom and Bertelsmann will help us better serve our customers and advance our multiple brand strategy. We look forward to our new opportunities in Europe, where AOL and CompuServe will form the leading pan-European Internet online business in a rapidly growing market."

Mr. Case added: "The sale of ANS enables us to focus even more energy and resources on expanding our core interactive services and content businesses. The transaction also lets us realize the significantly increased value of ANS while our members benefit from expanded access Expanded access refers to the inclusion of patients in a clinical trial for a new therapeutic treatment or chemical entity, where those patients would not satisfy the enrolment criteria for the scientific study in progress.  capacity through our long-term agreement with WorldCom. We wish our former ANS colleagues well as they join WorldCom and look forward to continuing to work with them as one of our network providers."

Mr. Pittman said: "As we said when we announced this transaction, we are committed to operating CompuServe as a separate service operating on its own network. We plan to retain the content, features, e-mail system and functionality that CompuServe customers have historically enjoyed."

Mr. Pittman added: "Internationally, our AOL and CompuServe services will broaden our global reach and build on the growing worldwide popularity of the Internet. In the U.S., our top priority is to return CompuServe's operations to profitability by stabilizing its customer base, increasing efficiencies and taking full advantage of AOL's scale, resources and experience. We have already begun a comprehensive review of CompuServe's operations and expect to move forward quickly with our revitalization plan."

New President of CompuServe Interactive Services Named

Mr. Stuntz said: "CompuServe is a terrific brand with a loyal global membership base, popular programming and forums, strong partner relationships, a long record of providing quality service and a superb management team. Building on these strengths and the resources of a committed owner who knows the business, we look forward to developing a growth strategy together that will revitalize the brand for the benefit of CompuServe's members around the world."

Mr. Stuntz is a long-time entertainment and programming executive who has worked with Mr. Pittman for nearly two decades in creating and building brands such as MTV MTV
 in full Music Television

U.S. cable television network, established in 1980 to present videos of musicians and singers performing new rock music. MTV won a wide following among rock-music fans worldwide and greatly affected the popular-music business.
, VH-1, Nick-at-Nite, Six Flags For the national flags of Texas, see .

Six Flags (NYSE: SIX) is the world's largest chain of amusement parks and theme parks and is headquartered in New York City. There are 20 such parks run by Six Flags.
 Theme Parks and CENTURY 21. Mr. Stuntz has also helped lead several successful post-merger integration efforts including MTV-Viacom, Six Flags-Time Warner, and Century 21 Real Estate Corporation-HFS (Cendant).

At Century 21 Real Estate Corporation, a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation, where he was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Mr. Stuntz played a key role in introducing and executing brand-building, call-to-action advertising; strategic alliances with other market leaders; cost-saving volume-discounts; cutting edge automation tools and market-oriented brand extensions.

As Executive Vice President of Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc., a subsidiary of Time Warner Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX), formerly known as AOL Time Warner, is the world's largest media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered in New York City, with major operations in film, television, publishing, Internet service and telecommunications. , Inc., Mr. Stuntz had specific responsibility for operations, engineering, merchandise, food service, business development and family entertainment center operations. Mr. Stuntz also has served as Executive Vice President of Time Warner Enterprises, the business and strategic development arm of Time Warner, Inc., where he was involved with the company's investment in 3DO and in the development of Court TV and the Quincy Jones Entertainment Company. In addition, Mr. Stuntz was Executive Vice President of Quantum Media, Inc., where he was responsible for creating numerous television programs, and Senior Vice President, Business Management and Development of MTV Networks MTV Networks is a division of media conglomerate Viacom that oversees the operation of many TV network and Internet brands, including the first MTV channel.

The company was established in 1984 after Warner Communications and American Express decided to divest the basic cable
, where he led the development of VH-1 and Nick-at-Nite and was responsible for the international expansion of MTV Networks' programming through the creation of joint ventures in Japan, Australia and Europe.

In Europe, Konrad Hilbers, who currently is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AOL Bertelsmann Online Europa GmbH, will become Executive Vice President for CompuServe Interactive Services Europe. Mr. Hilbers, in his new function, will continue to report to Heinz Wermelinger, who oversees all of the AOL Bertelsmann joint venture in Europe.

America Online, Inc., (NYSE: AOL) based in Dulles, Virginia Dulles, Virginia is an unincorporated census-designated place located in Loudoun County, Virginia, part of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headquarters of AOL, Orbital Sciences Corporation and ODIN technologies and the former headquarters of MCI Inc. are located in Dulles. , is the world's leading Internet online service, with over 11 million members worldwide. AOL, founded in 1985, offers its subscribers a wide variety of interactive services including electronic mail, Instant Message features, entertainment, reference, financial information, computing support, interactive magazines and newspapers, as well as easy access to all the services of the Internet.

CONTACT: America Online, Inc.

Tricia Primrose

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