Court rules for AT&T in dispute with Internet firm

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously for AT&T in the company's antitrust dispute with an Internet service provider over prices for high-speed Internet access.

The court on Wednesday reversed a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The San Francisco-based appeals court had ruled the telecom company was setting its wholesale prices so high that an Internet service provider could not compete with the low prices AT&T charged in the retail market.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit, LinkLine Communications Inc., buys access to AT&T's transmission lines. Linkline then competes with AT&T in selling high-speed Internet access.

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