RESTON,Inter.net is launching high-speed Internet service for residents across North Carolina through TimeWarner Cable’s divisions serving the Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Fayetteville, Winston-Salem and surrounding areas.

Max.inter.net, as the new Inter.net service is called, allows customers to access the Internet at speeds up to 2 Mbps downstream and 384 Kbps upstream. It will compete directly with TimeWarner’s Roadrunner service, due to a condition of the TimeWarner/AOL merger that stipulated TimeWarner had to open its network to three national providers.

Atlanta-based Earthlink is one of those national providers. It offers its high-speed Internet service for between $41.95 per month and $49.95 per month, according to a recent statement by Earthlink.

Inter.net offers two plans, starting at $44.95 per month and include free installation, free firewall software, 10 email accounts with 10 MB personal web space per account (100 MB total), Web mail access, anti-spam and anti-virus protection, exclusive access to Entertainment(R) coupons, 24/7 customer support and more.

“We look forward to providing a better solution for dialup users, which will circumvent complaints about slow speeds, busy signals, interrupted connections, spam and viruses,” Ivan Wong, director of marketing for Inter.net, said in a statement.

Inter.net is based in Reston, VA, and has over 900 employees in 16 countries serving nearly 500,000 customers worldwide. Inter.net also has other offices in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Inter.net: www.inter.net