FCC Delays Vote On AT&T/BellSouth Deal

Law360, New York (October 12, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Department of Justice’s approval of the merger of telecommunications companies AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. has angered smaller phone companies and consumer groups, and amid the protests the Federal Communications Commission has pushed back its vote on the deal.

The FCC had scheduled its vote on the proposed $67 billion merger for Thursday morning, but when Chairman Kevin Martin, who had formerly advocated for condition-free approval, reversed his position and suggested certain modifications, the FCC put off the vote.

Martin proposed that the FCC mandate...
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