The US DoJ conditionally approves a merger upon the divestiture of several fibers carrying local private telephone calls between buildings, a majority of which are owned or controlled by the merging telecommunications firms in 19 metropolitan areas (SBC / AT&T)

Editor’s Note: This article was written before the DOJ issued its Competitive Impact Statement on November 16, 2005 and before the FCC issued its Memorandum Opinion and Order on November 17, 2005. This article is based on the FCC’s press release of its decision to approve the mergers, the accompanying individual statements of the Commissioners, and the court papers filed by the Justice Department in connection with the divestitures agreed to by the merger parties [1]. On October 31, 2005, the FCC approved the mergers of SBC Communications and AT&T Corp. and of Verizon Communications, Inc. and MCI, Inc. The Justice Department had approved the mergers the preceding Thursday. To obtain DOJ’s approval, the parties agreed to a limited divestiture of business loop facilities in 19

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Patrick R. Cowlishaw, The US DoJ conditionally approves a merger upon the divestiture of several fibers carrying local private telephone calls between buildings, a majority of which are owned or controlled by the merging telecommunications firms in 19 metropolitan areas (SBC / AT&T), 29 March 2007, e-Competitions March 2007, Art. N° 53260

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