DSL access cast in limbo

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Government rules forcing telephone companies to lease high-speed
Internet digital subscriber lines may be in jeopardy following a court decision
Friday vacating Federal Communications Commission line-sharing rules for Bell
telephone monopolies.

Federal appeals judges in Washington, D.C., found that the FCC failed to consider
geographic and customer-market differences in establishing telephone-unbundling
rules.

The rules were remanded to the FCC, which has been reviewing them
anyway.

"The decision certainly improves odds that line sharing will be cut back in
some manner," Legg Mason analysts declared after the ruling.

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