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Supreme Court to Hear High-Speed Internet Case - Cable

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld)
Thu, 31 Mar 2005 14:30:39 -0500,1,166907.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

Supreme Court to hear high-speed Internet case
Cable companies may have to open networks
By William Patalon III
Sun Staff

In a debate that will shape the future of high-speed Internet service,
the Supreme Court will hear arguments today to determine whether cable
companies must open their networks to competitors.

The court could decide, in effect, how companies can compete to
deliver high-speed Internet access to a rapidly growing market and how
much choice consumers will have. The case pits the Federal
Communications Commission and National Cable & Telecommunications
Association, representing cable companies including Comcast Corp. and
Time Warner Inc., against Internet service providers such as EarthLink
Inc. and consumer groups.

At stake are billions of dollars expected from the emerging new
markets such as Internet-based phone service and digital entertainment
that high-speed service -- or broadband -- makes possible.

"What I think that this case will decide is just who's going to get
the money," said Eric Easton, a telecommunications expert and
associate professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of

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