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A New CompuServe & a New Internet Bank

Boot Camp feature for Friday, February 26, 1999

The grand-daddy of popular online services gets a face lift. And a new way to bank online. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. America Online has unveiled CompuServe 2000. It has a new look, better pricing and while AOL is focused on families and young people, CompuServe wants the grown-ups. COO Audrey Weil...

" Some of the things CompuServe is known for include its forums, we have over 500 forums for adult users, we have terrific premium brands like our Executive News Service. We have Computing Pro, which is a professional channel just for people in the computing business to pursue their professional interests, we have business and financial resources and we have great brands."

Like the New York Times, C-Net and CBS MarketWatch. The new pricing plans include 20 hours for 9.95, 19.95 for unlimited monthly access and an unlimited yearly plan for 199 dollars. And the service now offers up to five member names per account. Speaking of accounts, there's another new bank on the net and it claims to be different from all the rest. David Becker is the chairman of the First Internet Bank of Indiana...

"The biggest distinction between First IB and the rest of the Internet banks is our products are real time, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year."

Transfer money from savings to checking and it's there instantly. The bank at firstib.com doesn't impose fees for the first ten ATM withdrawls per month.