In A Squeeze At Mind Spring

With giants muscling into Net access, even indies that offer better service will have to spend more to compete

Charles Brewer knows a good thing when he sees it. Take three-legged dogs, for instance. The CEO of MindSpring Enterprises Inc. had grown used to his girlfriend's three-legged Rottweiler, Henri, tagging along with him to the Atlanta-based Internet service provider he started five years ago. So when the couple broke up--and he lost his visitation rights to Henri--Brewer adopted another three-legged Rottweiler, Louie. Today, Louie has his own well-worn easy chair in Brewer's cramped office, and between phone calls and meetings, gets a biscuit or a pat.

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