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ComputerWorld: AOL foes accuse it of trying to distract FTC on messaging

Jun 17, 2000, 14:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jennifer DiSabatino)

"Some critics say the 18-page standards proposal is an attempt to distract the government's antitrust inquiry, spurred on in part by the proposed merger of AOL and Time Warner Inc."

"Michelle Russo of the FCC said her agency is not formally investigating AOL, but simply conducting a standard inquiry into business practices. AOL has not filed its standards proposals with the FCC yet, Russo said."

"Ross Bagully, CEO of Tribal Voice, wasn't satisfied with the AOL proposal. "What they are talking about would take a very long time to accomplish," he said, especially since there is no time frame for implementation. "There is no indication that AOL wants to open up the market," Bagully said."

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