NetZero is an internet service provider, which was founded in 1998 by Ronald Burr, Stacy Haitsuka, Harold MacKenzie, and Marwan Zebian. The company is based in Woodland Hills, California, and originally began as America’s first free internet service provider. NetZero offered free internet, which was paid for by advertising. The company gained 1 million users within the first 6 months and by late 1999, the company became went public on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol NZRO.
In late 1999 and early 2000, others began to copy NetZero’s formula for free internet with targeted advertising. Companies such as Juno, AltaVista, and BlueLight cut into NetZero’s customer base. In 2005, the company dropped their advertising bar and turned to a monthly fee based service. In 2012, NetZero launched their DSL service line, although the company claims they still had more than 750,000 dial up users.
NetZero is a subsidairy of United Online service, which purchased many of the formerly “free”internet providers, including BlueLight and AltaVista.