EarthLink Backs Autism Empowerment’s Annual Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities, Linking Families to Community Resources.

VANCOUVER, WA — March 27, 2014 — EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) a leading IT and communications provider, today announced that it provided a grant to Autism Empowerment, a Vancouver-based nonprofit empowering the lives of youth, adults and families in the autism community, to help underwrite the organization's 3rd annual Egg Hunt for Acceptance of all Abilities on Saturday, April 19th from 1 – 4 p.m. at McKenzie Stadium. EarthLink provided this funding as part of its H.A.L.O. program (Helps, Acts, Links and Outreach).

"Autism Empowerment truly appreciates this new funding from EarthLink to enable us to grow what's proven to be an extremely popular community acceptance event," said Karen Krejcha, Executive Director of Autism Empowerment. "EarthLink focuses on linking businesses with the IT technologies they need to thrive. Similarly, our Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities is not only a fun, empowering day out, but a vital link to the community resources that help families and individuals living with autism and other developmental or physical differences navigate challenges. We feel it's a natural fit."

Brian Tashima, EarthLink Pricing Analyst and Autism Empowerment Board Member, will kick off the festivities by helping to roll out the ceremonial first egg. "This event is also a fantastic volunteer opportunity for the 220 community-minded EarthLinkers based in our regional Vancouver office, and I'm so appreciative for the outpouring of enthusiasm from my work colleagues."

EarthLink will also participate in an upcoming Autism Empowerment Radio podcast to share its philosophy and outreach program linking schools and organizations with assistive technologies. Launched in June 2012, the podcast series has reached over 100,000 listeners worldwide and offers original content of interest to the autism and Asperger community. Past guests include autism advocates, authors, care providers, educators, parents and other professional individuals and organizations.