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US Supreme Court To Rule In Cable Internet Dispute

by Glen Shapiro, LawAndTax-News.com, New York

07 December 2004


The US Supreme Court is preparing to decide whether cable companies in the United States should be obliged to open their lines to rival internet providers.

In March 2002, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a regulation exempting cable providers from the rules which oblige phone companies to open their infrastructure to competitors.

However, in October 2003, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed this, arguing that broadband internet access via cable was not just an exempted "information service", as suggested by the FCC.

The Ninth Circuit decision has been stayed, pending the outcome of the Supreme Court appeals against it lodged by the FCC and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.


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