AT&T, BellSouth Merger Breeds Few Antitrust Concerns

Law360, New York (March 6, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Twenty years after antitrust concerns led to the dismantling of AT&T, the phone company will once again submit to antitrust scrutiny after moving to purchase Bell South for $67 billion.

Most analysts believe that the merger will easily clear all antitrust hurdles, although federal regulators have vowed to carefully examine the deal.

“We will carefully weigh the information presented, examining any allegations of specific harm in individual markets and the potential benefits for the deployment of new services,” said Kevin Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications...
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