Telecom Cos. Oppose AT&T/BellSouth Merger

Law360, New York (June 6, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Seven telecom companies have joined the slew of advocacy groups and individuals asking the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corporation, saying that allowing the deal to go through would smother innovation and hurt consumers.

The seven dissenting companies released a statement Tuesday saying that “the AT&T and BellSouth merger only serves to create a larger monopoly that will have even greater ability to thwart competition through its increased control of local networks and dominance over intra-modal services.”...
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