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