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A federal judge in Virginia last week threw out a Henrico County law requiring cable companies to offer Internet rivals access to broadband pipelines.

5/14/2000 08:00:00 PM Eastern

A federal judge in Virginia last week threw out a Henrico County law requiring cable companies to offer Internet rivals access to broadband pipelines. The law had been challenged by AT & T on grounds that local governments had no right to require cable firms to open up their networks. "This federal court decision signals that the proponents of forced access have yet to develop a persuasive rationale for their issue," AT & T officials said.

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