USA TODAY TO LAUNCH ITS OWN ON-LINE SERVICE
Published March 22, 1995
USA TODAY will debut its online service April 17. As it develops in the coming months, the online service will have many of the same qualities the newspaper has, according to USA TODAY Publisher & President Tom Curley. It will include "deep sports coverage" from high school to college teams; comprehensive news, business and entertainment reports; and weather forecasts. At launch, the service will offer up-to-the-minute news and scores and the opportunity to interact with USA TODAY reporters. The online service is the first product launched by the newly formed USA TODAY Information Network. It will use Internet technology supplied by the CompuServe Network connection. Readers will subscribe directly to USA TODAY online and will be mailed a set of disks containing s customized version of CompuServe's Mosaic browser to load on to their computers. USA Today's Web site will only be accessible via USA TODAY's online service. The $14.95/month price includes three hours of usage time; each additional hour will be $3.95 (USA Today).