Critics Of AT&T/BellSouth Merger Sound Off To FCC

Law360, New York (June 5, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Critics of a proposed merger between BellSouth and AT&T made their voices heard Monday, taking advantage of their last chance to ask the Federal Communications Commission to stop the $67 billion deal.

“The American consumer is being delivered into the grasp of a duopoly,” said Mark Cooper, of the Consumer Federation of America, one of the groups opposing the merger.

Consolidating control of the telecommunications industry gives companies an incentive to squash, rather than aid, the development of new technology, essentially throwing a wet blanket on...
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