Friday, February 08, 2002

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Cincinnati Bell tests video e-mail

        Cincinnati Bell is preparing to test a new video e-mail service developed with ConnectMail, a Main Street developer of video messaging software.

        The companies plan to begin customer tests of the product, which will work on both high-speed and dial-up Internet connections, in a few weeks. If those tests are successful, customer rollout could come later this spring, a Cincinnati Bell spokeswoman said.

        ConnectMail, which has been developing video messaging software since 1997, teamed up with Broadwing Inc., Cincinnati Bell's parent, last year to develop and test its applications.

        The new service, which will permit video messages up to 60 seconds long, will be available free of charge to Bell's Zoomtown and Fuse customers. Others will be able to access unlimited use of the service for about $5 a month, the spokeswoman said.

— Mike Boyer

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