Table: Why AOL Should Stay in the Family
-- It makes money. Operating income for 2002 is expected to be $1.5 billion in the U.S.
-- The world's largest ISP, with 34 million-plus subscribers, it would score big if Net ads recover.
-- It would be a hard sell in the post-dot-com environment.
-- AOL would allow Time Warner companies to cash in when the long-awaited broadband payoff finally arrives.
-- Spinning off AOL would leave investors with another dot-com orphan.