Announced Actions for December 27, 2001

Application for approval of a non-affiliated ISP and alternative cable broadband ISP service agreement:

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The Commission has received an application from America Online/Time Warner, Inc. (AOLTW) requesting approval of a non-affiliated Internet Service Provider (ISP) and alternative cable broadband service agreement. 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) Web One, Inc. (Web One); and 2) the alternative cable broadband ISP service agreement entered into between Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Web One to provide cable broadband ISP service in TWC's Kansas City division.

The FTC is accepting public comments on the proposed application until January 22, 2002. 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 application can be found on the Commission's Web site at www.ftc.gov. (FTC File No. 001-0105; Docket No. C-3989; staff contact is Daniel P. Ducore, Bureau of Competition, 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, and December 21, 2001.)

Commission approval of proposed transactions:

Following the appropriate public comment periods, the Commission has approved four applications by America Online/Time Warner, Inc. (AOLTW) regarding non-affiliated Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the indicated cable divisions and the agreements executed by each. They are: 1) New York Connect (in the New York City cable division); 2) Internet Junction (in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida cable divisions); 3) Inter.net (in all Time Warner cable divisions); and 4) STIC.NET (in the San Antonio, Houston, and Austin, Texas cable divisions). AOLTW's applications were submitted 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.

The Commission vote to approve the transactions was 4-0, with Chairman Timothy J. Muris recused. (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, and December 4, 2001).

Commission approval of amended complaint:

The Commission has voted to authorize staff to file an amended complaint in FTC v. Icon America. The original complaint in this alleged credit card protection fraud matter was announced by the FTC on October 18, 2001, as part of "Operation Ditch the Pitch." Through the amended complaint, the FTC names 9066-3451 Quebec Inc. d/b/a Sierra Enterprises as an additional corporate defendant in the matter. The Commission vote authorizing staff to file the amended complaint was 5-0. (FTC File No. X020009; staff contact is Robin Eichen, FTC Northeast Region, 212-607-2803; see press release dated October 18, 2001.)

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.

 

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