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25, 1999 3:58 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Media Access Project / Consumers Union / Consumers Federation of America / Consumers Project on Technology / Center for Media Education
Jennifer Seeger, 202-478-6129
|Communication Advocacy Groups: FCC Should Require Open Access to High-Speed Cable Networks|
- January 25 - Communication advocacy groups announced today that they will file a joint
petition to the FCC on Wednesday asking to begin an expedited Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking on the issue of open broad-band cable networks. The Consumer Federation of America, Consumer's Union, Consumer Project on
Technology, the Media Access Project and the Center for Media Education,
among others, are requesting that the FCC require broad-band cable providers
to allow fair, non-discriminatory access to their broadband cable network to
competing Internet Service Providers. According to the filing, the current
closed, monopolistic system hurts consumers by denying them choice and
raising prices, while also threatening the open, competitive nature of the Internet.
The following individuals, in addition to other public interest experts, will be available for comment on Tuesday and Wednesday:
-- Jamie Love, Consumer Project on Technology
To reach them for comment, contact Jennifer Seeger at 202-478-6129.
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