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Byline: William Glanz
Jun. 23--A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Portland, Ore., can't force AT&T Corp. to open its cable network to competitors.
The decision could affect local governments across the nation, including Montgomery County, that are trying to force cable companies to open their cable lines to competitors that want to market high-speed Internet connections.
AT&T sells high-speed Internet access over cable lines through ExciteAtHome, which it partially owns. ExciteAtHome has exclusive rights to AT&T's cable system until 2002.
AT&T applauded the decision yesterday.
"We're pleased with today's ruling because …