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The Fight for Open Access

In mid-December, four Massachusetts communities in an ongoing legal battle with AT&T over open access filed a request with the Commonwealth's Department of Telecommunications and Energy's (DTE) Cable Television Division for full hearings on whether open access is in the public interest.

The communities earlier refused to allow transfer of cable licenses from MediaOne to AT&T unless AT&T agreed to offer Internet 

Service Providers non-discriminatory access to the broadband network. 

Despite AT&T's recent high-profile "reversal" on the issue of open access, it responded to the request by asking the DTE for a quick ruling declaring that local open access rules are unlawful. 

Berkman Center director Charles Nesson and attorney Kevin Conway of Conway, Crowley and Homer are representing these communities pro bono.

We invite your participation in this openlaw forum to help develop the case.

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Berkman Professor Lawrence Lessig and Mark Lemley have filed testimony with the FCC in connection with the proposed AT&T - MediaOne merger. They argued for open access, asserting that closed access—promoted by the merger and the FCC's deregulatory stance—threatens the Internet and ignores its end-to-end architectural principles.

In The News

"Net Loss" - Boston Phoenix, Jan. 7, 2000, by Dan Kennedy

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OpenNet Coalition's press release

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National Press Club briefing on open access, featuring Lawrence Lessig (cybercast archive)

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