AT&T Rivals Must Build New Networks: 7th Circuit

Law360, New York (May 28, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- New phone companies' reliance on network infrastructure supplied by established carriers stifles competition and innovation in the U.S. telecommunications market, an appeals court has ruled.

Incumbent carriers continue to be monopolies in the market and require regulation by state and federal agencies, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said Friday.

Ruling on a challenge by AT&T over its obligations to supply new entrants with unbundled network services under the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the appeals court said the phone giant was not required to...
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