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FTC approves ISPs for AOL TW

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The Federal Trade Commission Thursday approved four high-speed Internet
services to compete on AOL Time Warner Inc. cable systems around the
country.

One Internet-service provider, Inter.net Global, will provide high-speed Internet service on Time
Warner Cable systems nationwide.

The three other companies will be offered on a regional basis:

New York Connect.Net Ltd. in the New York area; Internet Junction Corp. in Tampa Bay
and central Florida; and STIC.NET in the San Antonio, Houston and Austin, Texas,
areas.

Approval of the new competitors helps AOL Time Warner to fulfill a requirement that it carry
at least three rival ISPs in a market before offering its own AOL service.

The condition was imposed when the FTC approved America Online Inc.'s $106.2 billion purchase
of Time Warner Inc.

Moving forward in other markets, AOL Time Warner has asked approval for Web
One Inc. to be a provider in the Kansas City market. Public comments on the
Kansas City proposal are due Jan. 22.

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