CompuServe ( CompuServe Information Service, also known by its acronym CIS ) was the first major commercial online service in the United States. (wikipedia)
Wikipedia: CompuServe was the first major commercial online service provider in the United States. It dominated the field during the 1980s and remained a major influence through the mid-1990s. At its peak in the early 1990s, CIS was known for its online chat system, message forums covering a variety of topics, extensive software libraries for most computer platforms, and a series of popular online games, notably MegaWars III and Island of Kesmai. It also was known for its introduction of the GIF format for pictures, and as a GIF exchange mechanism.
FILe Generator and Editor - An acronym for FILe Generator and Editor, FILGE was a command-oriented text editor created by CompuServe in the early 1970s. Its many commands were preceded by a slash character. For example, if a text file contained the line...
VIDTEX - VIDTEX is a family of telecommunication software developed for CompuServe for use with its online dial-up service.
Pre?World Wide Web online services
Online service providers
Companies based in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area