For Your Information: July 24, 2002
The Commission has received two applications from America Online/Time Warner, Inc. (AOLTW) requesting approval of non-affiliated Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and alternative cable broadband service agreements. Pursuant to Paragraph II.A.2 of the Decision and Order finalized by the Commission on April 17, 2001, concerning AOL's acquisition of Time Warner, Inc., AOLTW has requested FTC approval of: 1) LocalNet Corp. (LocalNet) as a non-affiliated ISP; 2) the amended alternative broadband ISP service agreement entered into between Time Warner Cable (TWC) and LocalNet to provide cable broadband ISP service in TWC's Portland, Maine, division; 3) DURO Communications Corp. (DURO) as a non-affiliated ISP; and 4) the alternative broadband ISP service agreement entered into between TWC and DURO to provide cable broadband ISP service in TWC's Birmingham, Alabama; Jackson/Monroe, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; and all North Carolina and South Carolina divisions. DURO provides Internet service under the name Volaris Online.
The FTC is accepting public comments on the two applications for 30 days, until August 22, 2002, after which the Commission will decide whether to approve them. Comments should be sent to: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. A public version of the applications can be found on the Commission's Web site at www.ftc.gov. (FTC Docket No. C-3989; staff contact is Daniel Ducore, 202-326-2526; see press releases dated November 9, 2000; December 14, 2000; February 26, 2001; April 18, 2001; September 28, 2001; October 4, 2001; October 19, 2001; October 30; November 13, 2001; November 20, 2001; December 4, 2001, December 7, 2001, December 21, 2001, December 27, 2001 and February 22, 2002, February 26, 2002; May 10, 2002; and May 17, 2002).
Copies of the documents mentioned in this release are available from the FTC's Web site at http://www.ftc.gov and also from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. Call toll-free: 1-877-FTC-HELP.