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JANUARY 25, 1999   3:58 PM
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
WASHINGTON - 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
-- Gene Kimmelman, Consumers Union
-- Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America
-- Andy Schwartzman, Media Access Project
-- Jeff Chester, Center for Media Education

To reach them for comment, contact Jennifer Seeger at 202-478-6129.




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