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WASHINGTON — Several consumer groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the refusal of AOL Time Warner Inc. cable systems to carry advertisements for competing high-speed Internet service offered by telephone companies.

“This refusal appears to be a violation of both the letter and spirit of the consent decree” by which the FTC approved America Online’s acquisition of Time Warner, said the letter from Consumers Union, the Consumer Federation of America, the Media Access Project and the Center for Digital Democracy.

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