RESTON, 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., as the new 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. 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, said in a statement. is based in Reston, VA, and has over 900 employees in 16 countries serving nearly 500,000 customers worldwide. also has other offices in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.