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Kevin Martin … On FCC Chairman Kevin Martins confirmation to head the agency for a second term Im pleased that we were finally able to clear Chairman Martin. He is a fine chairman, and I am delighted that he will have another term to continue his work at the FCC.Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, Senate Commerce Committee […]

ROUND TABLE

… On the Justice Departments approval of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger, with no conditions(see related story) … The presence of other competitors, changing regulatory requirements and the emergence of new technologies in markets for residential local and longdistance service indicate that this transaction is not likely to harm consumer welfare. The proposed acquisition does […]

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 […]

DoJ Approves AT&T-BellSouth Merger, Without Conditions

The Department of Justice (DoJ) on Wednesday approved the $67 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. Tomorrow, the FCC is expected to do the same. The DoJ did not impose any conditions on the combination, and it was not known whether the FCC would follow suit. “The presence of other competitors, changing regulatory […]

Competition Champion Succumbs to Lou Gehrig’s Disease

George Vinall, a former executive vice president of business development for Talk America, died over the weekend from the neuromuscular disease ALS — or Lou Gehrig’s disease, with which he was diagnosed seven years ago. Despite complications from the illness, Vinall refused to retire or slow down. He continued to advocate for competitive telecom causes […]

COMPTEL CEO: Competitors Must Work on Offensive, Not Defensive, Game

The honeymoon period is over for the new head of the countrys competitive telecommunications industry. Earl Comstock, who was named president and CEO of COMPTEL in June 2005, wants to set a new tone for the organization during his second year as its leader. Rather than just playing defense and going into the next round […]

FCC Rejects Fones4All Petition

Advocates of the competitive telecom industry are decrying the FCCs denial of Fones4Alls year-old petition for relief from rules stemming from the Triennial Review and Remand Order (TRRO). Late last week, the FCC turned down the CLECs request that it be able to more easily access incumbents network elements, so it could provide subsidized basic […]

Megamerger Review Drags On

WHETHER A FEDERAL JUDGES review of the four recent RBOC megamergers will change how future deals are approved remains a matter of speculation. What regulatory experts do agree on is the judge has no plans to let the government walk on him as he examines whether the Department of Justice (DoJ) did due diligence in […]

Soap Box

AS CHIEF COUNSEL AND LEGISLATIVE director for Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, in the mid-90s, I and my colleagues on the Hill worked tirelessly negotiating and drafting key provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that would spur competition and innovation. Congress laid the groundwork for the FCC to implement pro-competitive and pro-consumer policies. Pioneering upstarts were […]

Groups to FCC: No AT&T-BellSouth Approvals Yet

Consumer and public interest groups are fighting back as media reports say FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin has circulated a draft order approving the $67 billion AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger. The document is said to contain few protections for competition or consumers, mirroring the limited approvals required for the Verizon Communications Inc.-MCI Inc. and AT&T-SBC […]

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