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AOL Time Warner seeks FTC approval on open-access issue

Thu, 07/05/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

AOL Time Warner took a step closer to the open-access requirements of its merger when it petitioned the FTC to approve two more ISPs as nonaffiliated ISPs, the FTC announced yesterday. AOLTW also wants approval of its service agreements with the two companies.

In the petition, AOLTW says it's "already prepared to introduce EarthLink Inc. and AOL to (Time Warner Cable)" subscribers using Road Runner. AOLTW deleted the date it expects to move forward with EarthLink.

The petition seeks approval of High Speed Access Corp. and Juno Online Services Inc. as affiliate ISPs as part of AOLTW's multiple ISP service. The company says it would like approval to make the two new companies available at the same time it does EarthLink.

The approval is part of AOLTW's merger agreement that says it will open its cable systems in each region to two or more competitors, and that the FTC must approve them within 90 days of AOL offering its own service.

The FTC says it is taking public comments on the petition until July 31.

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