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Short Take: Virginia city supports open access

City council officials for Fairfax, Virginia voted 4-2 today to require open access, a mandate that third-party Internet access providers be allowed to use cable wires, as part of Cox Communication's acquisition of the Media General cable TV system in that city, according to the OpenNet Coalition. Fairfax becomes the third local government in the nation--Portland, Oregon and Broward County, Florida already passed similar laws--to require cable operators to let competitors use their wires.

City council officials for Fairfax, Virginia voted 4-2 today to require open access, a mandate that third-party Internet access providers be allowed to use cable wires, as part of Cox Communication's acquisition of the Media General cable TV system in that city, according to the OpenNet Coalition. Fairfax becomes the third local government in the nation--Portland, Oregon and Broward County, Florida already passed similar laws--to require cable operators to let competitors use their wires.