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InfoWorld: FTC set to block AOL-Time Warner merger

Sep 05, 2000, 16:20 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Perera)

"U.S. regulators, concerned about a monopoly that could control access to Internet content, are prepared to block the merger of America Online Inc. (AOL) and Time Warner Inc., The Washington Post reports. The newspaper reported in its Monday edition that Federal Trade Commission (FTC) attorneys want to ensure the post-merger giant will open access to its high-speed cable lines to competing content providers."

"FTC officials are worried that in markets where Time Warner operates cable systems, consumers could be forced to accept exclusively AOL-Time Warner-controlled content in order to get high-speed Internet access, according to the report."

"AOL maintains it is committed to open access, citing a recent deal giving Juno Online Services Inc. access to its cable lines, report in The Washington Post said."

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