Thursday, October 6, 2005

AP: FCC Commissioner Seeks Merger Approvals without Strings

FCC Commissioner Kevin Martin is leaning to approve the SBC/AT&T merger and the Verizon/MCI merger without requiring either company to sell off any of its assets, according to an Associated Press report that cited unnamed sources inside the FCC. A coalition of CLECs has been lobbying the government to require the giant carriers to divest significant network assets in order to alleviate anti-competitive concerns. The FCC might vote on the pending mergers at its next open meeting on October 28.

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