For Your Information: December 4, 2001
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) Digital Communications Networks (DCN); and 2) the alternative cable broadband ISP service agreement entered into between Time Warner Cable (TWC) and DCN to provide cable broadband ISP service in TWC's Los Angeles, California division.
The FTC is accepting public comments on the proposed application until December 14, 2001. 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; and November 20, 2001.)
The Commission has approved the publication of a Federal Register notice regarding the ceiling on allowable charges for certain disclosures under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). As detailed in the notice, which will be published shortly and posted on the Commission's Web site, the ceiling on allowable charges for certain disclosures under the FCRA, Section 612(a)(1)(A), will increase from $8.50 to $9.00, effective January 1, 2002. This section of the Act, as amended in 1996, provides that (with some exceptions) a consumer reporting agency may charge a reasonable amount for making a disclosure to the consumer, provided the charge does not exceed a statutory maximum and is indicated to the consumer before the disclosure is made. The Commission vote to publish the notice in the Federal Register was 5-0. (File No. P974805; staff contact is Keith B. Anderson, Bureau of Economics, 202-326-3428.)
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.