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AOL Still Sees Closing Time Warner Deal by Early Days of 2001

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reiterated that its pending acquisition of

Time Warner


was in the "home stretch" and said it expects to close the deal by the end of December or the first days of 2001.

On Nov. 28, the

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postponed a vote to block the merger. Federal regulators have required Time Warner to provide open access to its cable system to two more competing Internet service providers, as well as abide by a series of provisions to protect competition in Web access. The company has so far signed an agreement with broadband company




Shares of AOL were recently up 7.3%, or $2.98, to $44.03, while Time Warner gained 6.6%, or $4.08, to $65.68, in trading on the

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