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Short Take: S.F. may require open access in 2003

A report released by the San Francisco Department of Telecommunications and Information Services urges the city to require "open access" to cable Internet systems in 2003. The city Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the controversial issue, which would allow unaffiliated ISPs to gain non-discriminatory equal access to cable operators' Net access systems, in late January or early February. The cable industry points to recent deals between AT&T and MindSpring Networks, and America Online and Time Warner as proof that marketplace decisions, not regulations, will ensure open access. The requirement also would come after some of Excite@Home's exclusive deals with cable operators expire in 2002.

A report released by the San Francisco Department of Telecommunications and Information Services urges the city to require "open access" to cable Internet systems in 2003. The city Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the controversial issue, which would allow unaffiliated ISPs to gain non-discriminatory equal access to cable operators' Net access systems, in late January or early February. The cable industry points to recent deals between AT&T and MindSpring Networks, and America Online and Time Warner as proof that marketplace decisions, not regulations, will ensure open access. The requirement also would come after some of Excite@Home's exclusive deals with cable operators expire in 2002.