Former AOL Time Warner ( AOL) Chairman Steve Case reportedly has changed his tune on the idea of spinning off the media conglomerate's Internet division.

Case, who founded America Online and oversaw its acquisition of Time Warner in 2000, has spoken favorably of the idea of an AOL spinoff with at least two senior executives of the parent, The New York Times reported. The article noted that it wasn't clear what, if any, effect Case's opinions would have on the board given his diminished role at the company, and said he might have just been voicing frustration.

Case as recently as several months ago had publicly defended the merger, which matched the AOL consumer Internet division with Time Warner's old-line publishing and movie operations. The deal was one of the costliest ever, resulting in huge depreciation for both companies' shareholders in subsequent years and turning Case into a lightning rod for investor frustration.

Case stepped down as AOL Time Warner's chairman earlier this month, giving the position to Dick Parsons. The article said the board recently eliminated its strategy committee, which Case had chaired, on grounds that it had completed a strategic review and was no longer needed.

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