AT&T-BellSouth Merger Hits Hurdles

WITH THE FCCS APPROVAL of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger in mid-October fraught by last-minute deal-brokering and controversy, agency Chairman Kevin J. Martin canceled consideration of the transaction altogether until November. He said he was responding to concerns voiced by Democratic Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein, although other factors likely came into […]

Anything But Neutral

OF ALL THE CATEGORIES that could make up a telecom rewrite, net neutrality ranks among the most controversial, and least neutral, topics under consideration. The blogosphere is raging with opinions on the matter. Associations have been lining up expert panels to discuss it during conferences. Senators this winter heard testimony from companies and experts on […]

Qwest Says Deal for MCI Would Face Fewer Regulatory Hurdles

In a revised $8 billion bid to acquire MCI Inc., Qwest Communications International Inc. on Thursday said a deal would be subject to less scrutiny from regulators than if Verizon Communications Inc. acquires the long-distance phone giant formerly known as WorldCom. Qwest is confident that the significantly smaller footprint overlap in a Qwest/MCI combination will […]

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