America Online, Inc. (“AOL”) and Time Warner Inc. announced their intention to merge on January 10, 2000. At that time, there was a great deal of excitement about combining these two companies and harnessing the power of an increasingly broadband Internet. In addition to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), more than one thousand local communities conducted their own reviews of the merger. The FTC identified “open access” to the Time Warner Cable platform as an issue meriting specific relief.
Fernando R. Laguarda,
Unleashing “Instant Messaging” From Regulatory Oversight,
Rich. J.L. & Tech
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