Dueling Fools

Dueling Fools
June 23, 1999

Open Access: AOL v. Excite@Home

With one swift slam of a gavel in an Oregon courthouse earlier this month the future of Internet via cable modem was questioned. Should all Internet providers have access to the lines laid?

It has pitted two of the most popular stocks in Fooldom, America Online (NYSE: AOL) and Excite@Home (Nasdaq: ATHM), against one another. Is it really that bad? This week Louis Corrigan (TMF Seymor) and Bill Barker (TMF Max) are Dueling Fools. Louis favors the OpenNET Coalition to open up cable line access to the competition while Bill thinks Exite@Home deserves to protect its turf. Who will win? Our voting process always has open access.

When you're done, don't miss this week's Duel Flashback, where we network for a look back at our Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) Duel. Was it a close contest -- or was it a router?

You Get to Vote!

Once you've read the arguments and the rebuttals, it's your time to cast your vote. We'll tabulate results each week and revisit them from time to time to see whether you were right! As always, we invite you to join us in the Dueling Fools Message board to continue the duel.

[Any suggestions, comments, praise, or flames, please send them along to the Dueling Fools Team.]

The Bull...
"Open Access" is the catch phrase used to describe a complicated quasi-legal, quasi-PR battle that's recently rocked the shares of America Online and its would-be rival Excite@Home.
The Bear...
What the consumer needs right now is a completed cable system that will offer an affordable alternative to today's currently unsatisfying narrowband circuit switched services. This, AOL and its compatriots stand bravely against...

Results for last week's Money v. Quicken Results Duel

Answer Percentage
I can't make up my mind


TMF Max's Money argument


TMF Dbunk's Quicken argument


They were both excellent


They were both lame