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Excite to file for Ch. 11
September 28, 2001: 7:47 p.m. ET

Excite@Home to file for bankruptcy protection, sell broadband assets to AT&T
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NEW YORK (CNNfn) - Excite@Home will now be at home with AT&T.

The broadband company said Friday it is filing for bankruptcy protection and selling "essentially" all of its broadband Internet access business to AT&T (T: up $0.60 to $19.30, Research, Estimates) for $307 million.

Excite@Home (ATHM: up $0.02 to $0.15, Research, Estimates) said the Chapter 11 filing will enable the company to continue its high-speed Internet access business during the sale.

The sale could change if there are other higher bids, and it requires the approval of the bankruptcy court, among other conditions.

"AT&T's offer reflects the value in our network, services, customer base and skilled employees," said Patti Hart, Excite@Home chairman and CEO, in a statement.

On Tuesday the company laid off 500 workers in an effort to save cash.

In an unrelated move, AT&T on Friday signed a confidentiality agreement with Comcast (CMCSK: up $0.57 to $35.87, Research, Estimates) which will revive negotiations for Comcast's purchase of AT&T Broadband. Attempts to reach Comcast for comment on the Excite sale were unsuccessful. graphic