Federal Communications Commission
is considering a proposal to force
to open its instant-messaging service to rivals as a condition of approval for its acquisition of
The Wall Street Journal
The article said proposals by the FCC are only a first step in the merger review, and they could change significantly in the next month, before it goes to the full commission for a vote.
Another proposal would make Time Warner open its high-speed cable lines to competitors beyond the extent to which the companies already have consented, the
said, citing people briefed on the merger review.
It was reported earlier this month that the
Federal Trade Commission
may try to block the deal unless the companies agree to let competitors use their cable lines.