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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

December 6, 1999
Linda Paris (202) 418-0500

Statement of FCC Chairman William E. Kennard
on AT&T-MindSpring Agreement

Today's agreement is a good first step toward providing consumers with a choice of Internet Service Providers without paying twice. I applaud the companies and the public interest advocates who participated in these discussions for their good faith efforts.

While government regulation now would only slow down broadband deployment, the constructive dialogue evidenced by today's developments should hasten consumer access to multiple high-speed Internet options.

The Internet is a rapidly growing and competitive force. Americans want multiple options for high-speed Internet access. I encourage the stakeholders to continue to develop market-driven solutions to serve consumer needs.

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