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Round Table

Posted: 9/2003

… ON SBC COMMUNICATIONS INC.S REQUEST FOR FEDERAL
AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE LONG-DISTANCE SERVICES IN ILLINOIS, INDIANA, OHIO AND
WISCONSIN

The networks are open. The local markets are open. Its
time to be allowed in the long-distance business so we can compete on an equal
footing.

Dave Pacholczyk, spokesman, SBC

SBC
should have ensured that it fixed the defects that mar its Michigan application
including its flawed billing system, which led the Justice Department to
conclude that it could not support SBCs refiled application in Michigan
before filing more applications.

Mike Tye, regional vice president of law and governmental
affairs, AT&T Corp.

Once these approvals are gained we assume that SBC will
follow its California model of aggressively attacking IXCs and other CLECs
providing local service hard with attractive bundles as well as low standalone
[long-distance] rates.

Adam Quinton, analyst, Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.

Links
SBC Communications Inc.
www.sbc.com

AT&T Corp. www.att.com
Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. www.ml.com


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