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AOL UK has refused to confirm or deny speculation that it is on the brink of axing its CompuServe ISP service in the UK.

CompuServe users could find out as early as tomorrow that AOL UK intends to pull the service with customers offered the chance to transfer to AOL UK's subscription service.

Asked to confirm or deny the allegation a senior spokesman for AOL UK said: "We have nothing to announce."

In September 2001 AOL UK rushed to defend speculation that it planned to can CompuServe following its decision to close its subscription-free ISP Netscape Online.

At the time Matt Peacock of AOL UK "categorically denied" that CompuServe was for the chop.

"CompuServe is a subscription-based service that is fundamentally sound and enjoys strong customer loyalty," he said.

AOL bought CompuServe - an early pioneer of ISP services - in 1998. ®

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