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Hundt on Board

April 06, 1998|KAREN KAPLAN

Reed Hundt, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has joined the board of directors of Allegiance Telecom, a competitive local exchange carrier based in Dallas. It is Hundt's first such appointment since leaving the agency early in November.

While leading the FCC, Hundt worked to deregulate the market for local telephone service, and he often chastised the regional Bell companies for stonewalling competitors, including upstarts like Allegiance. In his new position, Hundt will be able to attack the incumbent local phone companies from a new front. Hundt will receive Allegiance stock options of an unspecified value, said company spokeswoman Claire Dunnett.

After four years with the federal agency, Hundt now serves are chairman of the Forum on Communications and Society, a CEO-level group convened once a year

by the Aspen Institute that addresses the impact of communications and information on society.

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