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Issue: Online Access: Broadband / Cable
A controversy about broadband and cable access is raging across the United States now that some companies have succeeded in obtaining exclusive rights to the broadband markets in certain cities.

Here are some resources, including media coverage and links to organizations and related publications about broadband and cable access. More general information about online policy issues is available from the Issues list in the right column of most pages on this site.

Media Coverage

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FTC Approves AOL/Time Warner Deal
America Online won the blessing of U.S. antitrust authorities on Thursday to buy Time Warner in a $112.5 billion deal that will marry a new-economy Internet giant with a venerable old firm to create the world's biggest media company, Reuters, December 14, 2000

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F.T.C. Review of AOL Deal in Final Stage
After months of negotiations, the antitrust review of the America Online and Time Warner merger now enters an endgame that, no matter its outcome, seems certain to set the government's competition policies for the largest Internet and telecommunications players for years to come, New York Times, November 6, 2000

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Market Place: Happy Days After the AOL-Time Warner Merger
However, AOL stock has fallen almost a third since the deal was proposed, New York Times, November 2, 2000

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EU Clears AOL Time Warner Deal, U.S. Issues Remain
Internet giant America Online Inc. won European approval on Wednesday for its $129 billion takeover of Time Warner Inc., after agreeing to sever all links with Germany's Bertelsmann AG, Reuters, October 11, 2000

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Time Warner Sets High Terms for Access
Time Warner Inc. is requiring some Internet service providers to pay up to 75 percent of their revenue and relinquish some control of content to gain access to its high-speed network, Reuters, October 6, 2000

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Rivals Say Choice Limited in AOL/Time Warner World
Consumers will face limited choices in the Internet world unless federal regulators impose conditions on America Online Inc.'s proposed purchase of Time Warner Inc., rivals of the merger partners told lawmakers on Friday, Reuters, October 6, 2000

The Shot Heard 'Round the World: Portland's David Olson Takes on AT&T in the Global War for the Internet
Williamette Week, August 11, 1999

"Open Access" on Internet High Seas: Where the FCC is Loathe to Sail
Journal of Municipal Telecommunications, Vol. 1 No. 1, April 1999

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Organizations and Related Publications

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Media Alliance
Organization promoting open content, open access, and opposition to monopoly control of broadband Internet facilities.

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Center for Media Education
Organization concerned with open access issues.

Net Action
The opposing point of view from the only public interest group against open access.

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Ensure Broadband Internet Access
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Action Alert to contact the Federal Trade Commission, AT&T, and AOL to ensure open access to broadband Internet service, September 7, 2000

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Andrea Buffa, Media Alliance, and
Tom Ammiano, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President
The Future of Openness on the Internet
By Laura Stein and Dorothy Kidd, Media Alliance

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The Broadband Revolution: Communications at a Crossroads
Center for Media Education

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