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DOJ Clears Verizon-MCI Merger

The US. Department of Justice today cleared the way for Verizon Communications Inc. to buy MCI Inc. and the FCC is expected to vote on the combination tomorrow. The departments Antitrust Division filed civil lawsuits today in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. to block the proposed acquisition, but the proposed settlements it attached would […]

FCC OKs ALLTEL-Western Wireless Merger

The FCC has given ALLTEL Corp. approval to acquire Western Wireless Corp., but imposed conditions requiring the divestiture of Western Wireless assets in 16 markets in Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska. Federal regulators concluded the merger of Little Rock, Ark.-based ALLTEL and Bellevue, Wash.-based Western Wireless will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity. Through the […]

AT&T, SBC File Merger Document with FCC

AT&T Corp. and SBC Communications Inc. on Tuesday officially began the process for regulatory review of their planned merger through a joint filing with the FCC. AT&T and SBC said the planned merger comes in response to a competitive marketplace, and new technologies like wireless and Internet phone service, which are replacing traditional wireline services. […]

Round Table

ON THE NEWS IN JULY THAT NEW YORK INVESTMENT FIRM LEUCADIA NATIONAL CORP. PLANNED TO FILE A REQUEST WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SEEKING PERMISSION TO ACQUIRE A CONTROLLING INTEREST IN MCI. “Leucadia’s bid for MCI underscores a larger trend toward industry consolidation.Other potential acquirers likely will surface if the […]

American Telesis Adds Staff, Offices

Responding to recent growth, American Telesis (Booth 319), a wholesale provider of private lines and specialized voice circuits, has added new staff in its home office as well as opened marketing offices in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Anne Brogan was promoted from the technical support team to business development of both […]

VoIP Regulation at Heart of FCCs Upcoming Meeting

Jeff Pulver could be all smiles come Thursday. That is when the FCC is expected to rule on a request that the Internet phone service he launched in November 2002 — Free World Dialup — is not subject to a vast web of telecom rules. During a Feb. 12 meeting at FCC headquarters, the federal […]

Homeland Security Act

Posted: 1/2003 special report To Serve & Protect Homeland Security Act: How Will Telecom Benefit? By Josh Long The new Homeland Security Act as well as heightened awareness of potential physical and cyber vulnerabilities are creating both obligations and opportunities for telecom service providers, their vendors and channel partners. TWENTY-TWO FEDERAL AGENCIES comprising 170,000 employees […]

WorldCom’s Fraud: Even Deeper, Says Investigator

A bankruptcy court examiner said in a report released Monday that WorldCom’s fraud is likely to be even greater than had been thought. Richard Thornburgh, a former U.S. attorney general, released a preliminary report that found WorldCom’s fraud could be even larger than the $7.2 billion restatement and that former CEO Bernie Ebbers guaranteed or […]

Qwest Faces Criminal Investigation

Qwest Communications International Inc. (www.qwest.com) said Tuesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) informed it that the U.S. Attorney’s office had begun a criminal investigation of Qwest. The U.S. Attorney’s office did not disclose the nature of the investigation. In a statement released from its Denver headquarters, the company said Qwest will cooperate fully with […]

Broadband Battle Balloons

Posted: 05/2002 Broadband Battle Balloons Bush Administration Begins to Take Notice, Seeks Avenues of Increased National Deployment By Kim SunderlandAFTER MONTHS OF INTERNAL DELIBERATION, the executive branch is beginning to stake out a position on broadband regulation. How and when it finally does will be a critical factor in the outcome of the broadband battle, […]

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