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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.In 1987, Case was promoted again to executive vice-president.The original Q-Link was shut down on November 1, 1995, while AOL grew to become the largest online service, displacing established players like Compu Serve and The Source. 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.It originally provided a dial-up service to millions of Americans, as well as providing a web portal, e-mail, instant messaging and later a web browser following its purchase of Netscape. AOL rapidly declined thereafter, partly due to the decline of dial-up and rise of broadband.A commercial featuring Steve Case telling people AOL was working day and night to fix the problem was made.Within three years, AOL's user base grew to 10 million people.Kimsey soon began to groom Case to take over the role of CEO, which he did when Kimsey retired in 1991.The Quantum Link software was based on software licensed from Play Net, Inc, (founded in 1983 by Howard Goldberg and Dave Panzl).
It passed tokens back and forth and provided a fixed price service tailored for home users.
Its sole product was an online service called Game Line for the Atari 2600 video game console, after von Meister's idea of buying music on demand was rejected by Warner Bros.
Subscribers bought a modem from the company for US.95 and paid a one-time US setup fee.
On June 23, 2015, AOL was acquired by Verizon Communications for .4 billion.
AOL began in 1983, as a short-lived venture called Control Video Corporation (or CVC), founded by William von Meister.