updated 10:10 am EST, Tue December 5, 2000
1stUp.com, the Internet service provider that powers free, ad-based Internet connections for AltaVista, Lycos, Excite, and others, is going out of business. Lycos is no longer accepting new members for its free internet service, while AltaVista informed customers today that service will terminate on December 10, after the company was unable to find an other provider. Excite is still offering the service, for now. In June, 1stUp.com announced Mac-compatibility, bringing refuge to Mac users of FreeWWWeb who were left without service when Juno acquired the company and axed Mac-compatibility.