Judge denies injunction to keep utility from offering Internet service

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan Superior Court Judge has denied an injunction to keep Ketchikan Public Utilities from continuing to offer Internet service.

The ruling, issued Tuesday by Judge Trevor Stephens, allows KPU to provide Internet service while awaiting an upcoming trial that pits the utility against a local provider Ketchikan Internet Services. KIS requested the injunction when it filed an antitrust lawsuit against KPU in early March.

The Ketchikan-based company alleges the city-owned public utility is violating its charter by offering Internet service and is attempting to monopolize the market with predatory pricing, according to the lawsuit.

KIS has not shown that the city is engaging in predatory pricing, Stephens wrote in his ruling.

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