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Move over Grokster: National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. v. Brand X Internet Services

As legal and civilian discussions of Supreme Court decisions on the Ten Commandments, eminent domain and peer-to-peer file sharing continue, J. Craig Williams wonders who else is worrying about cable. Williams thinks it may have more of an effect on the Internet than Grokster:

"In this latter case, the Court considered whether cable companies would be required to open up their lines to Internet service providers like Brand X and EarthLink. The Court said, "No," giving cable companies a benefit unlike the telephone companies, which are required to allow other telephone carriers access to their telephone lines.

"Remember MCI? That's how they get started. EarthLink and Brand X wanted the same leg up from the cable companies. Now, however, Internet companies can't tap into cable lines, thanks to this Supreme Court decision. The effect on cable companies is certain: profit is secure and won't have to be shared. Consumers, on the other hand, may not get such a benefit, according to consumer groups ..."

More here.

Posted by Laurel Newby on June 29, 2005 at 03:16 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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