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eWeek: FCC wants more from AOL about work on IM standard

Jun 15, 2000, 14:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis Fisher)

"The Federal Communications Commission today [12 June] released the contents of a letter it sent Friday to America Online Inc. asking the world's largest ISP to provide more information on whether it is working with other instant-messaging providers on an open IM standard."

"The request comes less than a week after a group of high-tech companies sent letters to the chairmen of the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission, asking that the two bodies encourage AOL to support the work being done by the Internet Engineering Task Force and other IM companies on the standard."

"With more than 150 million combined users, AOL's ICQ and AOL Instant Messenger clients comprise by far the largest IM network in the world. The company has consistently blocked users of rival services from communicating with AIM and ICQ users. Just this weekend it blocked users of Odigo Inc.'s IM service from accessing its network."

"Both the FTC and the FCC are reviewing AOL's proposed merger with Time Warner Inc."

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