Tuesday, December 30, 2003

This would explain the problem with the old email address

North Liberty Internet firm files bankruptcy

North Liberty-based Internet service provider Internet Navigator has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and plans to sell off its assets to the highest bidder.

The move will not affect customer services, said Wes Huisinga, a Cedar Rapids attorney who was named as trustee of the company Monday.

Legally known as On-Line Services LLC following a Chapter 11 restructuring that was completed earlier this year, the 8-year-old company currently has between 8,000 and 10,000 customers, said Michael Glick, chief executive officer of the company.

According to documents filed Dec. 23 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa, On-Line Services had about $1.7 million in total assets and about $2.2 million in debt.

Glick said the company simply could not compete with larger Internet service providers that offer better and less expensive services.

The company's North Liberty office urrently employs only two customer service operators, a drop from 13 after the company downsized last month.

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