AOL Petitions for End to IM Regs - Multichannel

AOL Petitions for End to IM Regs

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AOL Time Warner Inc. has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to
remove regulatory restrictions on the company's ability to offer advanced
instant-messaging services, such as video streaming.

In approving the America Online Inc.-Time Warner Inc. merger in January 2001,
the FCC barred the company from offering advanced IM services until it had
interoperability agreements with competitors, or had sought a waiver from the
requirement from the agency based on a "material change in
circumstance."

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