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Hey everybody:

As I understand it, @Home has until the end of 2002 before TCI, Cox and the consortium of cable companies have to share broadband cable access with @Home's competitors.

1. Where did this date come from?
2. What happens on January 1, 2003? Does AOL immediately get access to cable at some calculated fair market value?
3. Does @Home lose all it's broadband competitive advantage on that day?

Also, check out the second to last paragraph of this link. It's the "unofficial announcement" of FCC's decision that denied AOL (and others) access to cable last week.

The paragraph reads:

"The Commission further stated its intention to continue to closely monitor the deployment of broadband capability to all Americans and to issue an annual report on this topic. The Commission further indicated that, where necessary, it would not hesitate to reduce barriers to competition and infrastructure investment to ensure that market conditions are conducive to investment, innovation, and meeting the needs of all consumers."

That business about "would not hesitate" suggests to me that the FCC decision wasn't the thorough rebuke of AOL's request that many headlines suggested.
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