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Reuters: FCC May Require AOL to Open Instant Messaging

Sep 13, 2000, 20:46 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The Federal Communications Commission could force America Online Inc. to open its instant-messaging service to rivals as a condition of approving its merger with Time Warner."

"The FCC also has concluded the agency should press Time Warner to open its high-speed cable lines to rivals beyond the extent to which the companies already have consented, the newspaper said, citing people who had been briefed on the regulator's review of the merger...."

"Under one FCC staff proposal, AOL would have to open its popular instant-messaging services, which allows users to swap messages with other users in real-time, either after six months following the FCC approval or as soon as AOL lets its two services, AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ, interact."

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