October / November 2000

Time Warner/AOL

01 October 2000

AOL and Time Warner’s US$127 billion planned merger has faced serious regulatory scrutiny in the US and the EC. In the United States regulatory issues focused on the future of broad-band internet access in a number of American cities. Conditions are therefore likely to focus on the provision of open access to the merged companies’ share of the cable market. Press reports predict that AOL and Time Warner are ready to make all necessary concessions and that the deal is therefore likely to go ahead.