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IVI Complains in Spokane

4/18/1999 8:00 PM Eastern

Spokane, Wash. --Internet Ventures Inc. renewed its
bid for leased-access carriage on AT&T Broadband & Internet Services' cable
system here last week

IVI's Internet On-Ramp affiliate complained to city
manager William Pupo and the Spokane Cable Advisory Board, asking that AT&T
Broadband's franchise be lifted if it does not allow IOR to offer Internet access
over its cable system.

The complaint alleges that the franchise that AT&T
Broadband inherited from Tele-Communications Inc. requires that the operator of the local
system "make channels available" to unaffiliated programmers under federal
leased-access requirements.

IVI wanted a single 6-megahertz channel to use to offer
Internet access, but TCI refused.

Kenneth Watts, general manager of the Spokane system, said
AT&T Broadband would "vigorously defend" its position that federal
leased-access rules apply only to video providers.

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