TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: FCC Drops AT&T/Bell South From Agenda Once Again

FCC Drops AT&T/Bell South From Agenda Once Again

TELECOM Digest Editor (
Sat, 4 Nov 2006 19:38:03 EST

On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission had planned to take
up the matter of the AT&T/Bell South merger. But then, at almost the
last possible minute, the commission decided once again to drop it from
the agenda; to defer it once again. I think it has become such a
controversial matter the commission is probably going to eventually
forward the matter to an Administrative Law Judge for a decision.

Comptel, for one, thought that was an admirable decision by the FCC
as they explain in the next message today. But, what the FCC may do is
simply keep moving it forward on its agenda until the 'proper' ratio
of commissioners is present, i.e. a Republican majority. As things
stand now, the vote would probably end in a tie anyway. For sure,
this is one really 'hot potato' to deal with.


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