Earthlink To Aol: Watch Your Rearview Mirror

The new No. 2 ISP is a long shot, but an ambitious one

Talk about your hot home-based business. In a mere five years, Charles M. Brewer has turned Atlanta-based MindSpring Enterprises Inc. from a desk in his studio apartment into one of the nation's largest Internet service providers. And thanks to his Sept. 23 merger with EarthLink Network Inc., of Pasadena, Calif., Brewer has vaulted over the likes of Microsoft, AT&T, and Prodigy to become the nation's second-largest ISP behind America Online Inc.

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