Forget Walled Gardens, AOL May Go Completely Free For Broadband Users
from the didn't-see-that-coming dept
AOL has certainly had a lot of trouble figuring out how it fits into this whole broadband world. As their subscriber numbers keep dropping, the company has tended to make exactly the wrong move at each and every turn. Remember, for example, their plan to build up a new walled garden just as the online advertising boom was returning? Or how about not having any clue how to offer broadband services, despite being a part of the same company that is one of the nation's largest cable broadband providers? And is it even worth mentioning that the company had what was really the world's first and largest "social network" with its AIM property... and only realized it years too late. Anyway, with all those missteps, could the company finally be getting a clue? Apparently, they're considering dropping the subscription wall for broadband subscribers, and letting anyone who wants to have their AOL account for free (dialup customers would still pay ridiculous fees, however). If they go through with it, it's a bold move -- and one that might actually make sense if they want to focus on future business models rather than clinging to an obsolete one from the company's past.