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It is a brand marketed by Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications.
AOL was one of the early pioneers of the Internet in the mid-1990s, and the most recognized brand on the web in the United States.
This also coincided with a new "carpet bombing" marketing campaign by CMO Jan Brandt to distribute as many free trial AOL trial disks as possible through nonconventional distribution partners.
At one point, 50% of the CDs produced worldwide had an AOL logo.
In May 1983, Jim Kimsey became a manufacturing consultant for Control Video, which was near bankruptcy.
Kimsey was brought in by his West Point friend Frank Caufield, an investor in the company.
During this time, AOL connections would be flooded with users trying to get on, and many canceled their accounts due to constant busy signals.
A commercial featuring Steve Case telling people AOL was working day and night to fix the problem was made.
On June 23, 2015, AOL was acquired by Verizon Communications for .4 billion.
On May 24, 1985, Quantum Computer Services, an online services company, was founded by Jim Kimsey from the remnants of Control Video, with Kimsey as Chief Executive Officer, and Marc Seriff as Chief Technology Officer.
The technical team consisted of Marc Seriff, Tom Ralston, Ray Heinrich, Steve Trus, Ken Huntsman, Janet Hunter, Dave Brown, Craig Dykstra, Doug Coward, and Mike Ficco.
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AOL (formerly a company known as AOL Inc., originally known as America Online, and stylized as Aol.) is a web portal and online service provider based in New York.
It passed tokens back and forth and provided a fixed price service tailored for home users.