“In a move that paves the way for America Online to launch videoconferencing and other next-generation applications of its instant messaging network, sources close to the Federal Communications Commission say the regulator intends to drop a two-year-old restriction on AOL Time Warner’s development of advanced, broadband-based IM services,” reports Christopher Saunders for InternetNews.com.
Saunders writes, “According to a source who spoke to InstantMessagingPlanet.com, the Commission has already voted on the matter, and plans to announce its ruling by the end of the week. When it does, it will officially clear the way for America Online to launch services like streaming video chat using its broadband network — features similar to those offered by rivals like Yahoo! and Microsoft and even by AOL’s partners, like Apple Computer.”
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MacDailyNews Take: This bodes very well for Apple, iChat AV, QuickTime and iSight. Chat AV currently offers compatibility with AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) so users have immediate access to the more than 150 million members of the .Mac and AIM communities. Imagine if they could do more than just type back and forth and utilize the audio and video capabilities provided by Apple’s iChat AV? More on iChat AV here.