News - Current Events
May 1, 2000 - DTE decision
Cable Division of DTE issues the decision on Motions for Summary Decision and Consolidation.
Feb 29, 2000 - Hearing Before the United States Senate Committee on the
Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposed AOL / Time-Warner merger, and its
effects on competition and consumer choice in broadband Internet services and
Feb 14, 2000 - AOL switches the bandwagon?
AOL is backing out of its support for government rules on Open Access. Some expected
this after its merger with the Time Warner, Inc. However, AOL states it still
continues to support Open Access:
Feb 4, 2000 - FCC hearing
FCC holds its first public hearing on the proposed merger between AT&T and
December 14, 1999 - Filing by the four Massachussets
OpenNET Coalition Commends Filing by Four Massachusetts Communities to Compel AT&T and
MediaOne to Accept Open Access and Customer Choice OpenNet
Coalition's press release
Open Acces Fights in Other Jurisdictions
Portland and Multnomah County
||Mar 17, 2000. The City of Portland and Multnomah
County in conjunction with the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, voted to approve its
local cable license transfer from TCI to AT&T Corp., provided that AT&T (T) grant
nondiscriminatory access to its cable modem platform. Read about it
||Four companies poise to take on AT&T, the Portland
area's dominant cable provider. Read about it.
Maryland and Kansas
Feb 2000 - Maryland and Kansas join the fight
Maryland and Kansas join the Open Access fight proposing new legislation for open
access. Virginia Senate and House of Delegates held hearings on open access legislation.
Read about it.
Colorado and Texas
A start-up outfit WideOpenWest LLC in Denver Colorado competes with AT&T Broadband.
Read about it.
Henrico County, Virginia
||Virginia Court overturns Open Access Requirement.
Read OpenNET Coalition's reaction
||Dec 15, 1999 - Henrico County, VA, Approves Open
Henrico County, VA, approved the transfer of the local MediaOne franchise to AT&T,
making open access a precondition to the transfer.
||AT&T, MediaOne Sue
Va. County Over Forced Access
AT&T and MediaOne have filed a complaint in the U. S. District Court in Richmond,
challenging Henrico County ordinance imposing 'open access' or 'forced access'
requirements on the cable system. (Jan 21, 2000)
December 28, 1999 - AT&T/TCI agrees to a
self-executing open access provision in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council approved a new 10-year agreement with AT&T/TCI,
calling for the cable company to provide nondiscriminatory open access to independent
Internet service providers if AT&T voluntarily or involuntarily provides open access
elsewhere in the United States. This is the first self-executing open access provision
that AT&T/TCI has agreed to.. More about this
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