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Sep 9, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Groups move to keep Internet open
A movement is afoot to ensure the broadband Internet remains open. Several consumer advocacy groups-the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Media Access Project and the Center for Digital Democracy-have requested a dialogue with the High-Tech Broadband Coalition and the Information Technology Industry. The groups want to establish the principle of network neutrality.
Charter to offer Mag Rack
Charter Communications will become the third cable operator to carry video-on-demand service Mag Rack beginning Sept. 15. The multiple system operator signed a distribution agreement to offer the service to about 325,000 customers in four major markets. Rollout will begin in St. Louis; Fort Worth, Texas; Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., and selected areas of Los Angeles. The deal brings Mag Rack’s market penetration to 1.6 million VOD enabled homes.
MoEo in the GoldPocket
ITV company GoldPocket Interactive has acquired MoEo, a developer of interactive software and applications for wireless platforms. GoldPocket creates interactivity for TV networks and will be able to offer programmers its ITV programming for set-tops boxes, computers and now wireless platforms.
GoldPocket also announced it will launch a new product today known as EM Connect that will enable networks to communicate with viewers through wireless devices.