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AOL, Time Warner tell regulators their merger will aid competition

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The heads of America Online and Time Warner sought Thursday to reassure regulators that their companies' merger will benefit the public and not squelch competition.

Under attack from entertainment rivals and consumer groups, the executives made their pitch to all five members of the Federal Communications Commission, which must approve the deal. The commissioners questioned Steve Case, AOL chairman, and Time Warner chief Gerald Levin about when they would deliver on promises, such as their pledge that consumers who subscribe to high-speed Internet service delivered over Time Warner's cable systems will have access to a number of Internet providers, not just AOL's popular brand.