June 26, 1997 |
The U.S. Justice Department recommended that Ameritech Corp. be denied its application to provide long-distance telephone service to its customers in Michigan. The Justice Department's antitrust division said Ameritech failed to fulfill a 14-point competitive checklist that, under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, regional Bell telephone companies must meet before they can provide long-distance service.
December 20, 1996 |
Ameritech Corp. said it sued AT&T Corp. for defamation over statements made by John Zeglis, general counsel and senior executive vice president of AT&T. Ameritech's suit alleges that Zeglis made "knowingly false and malicious" comments to "impede and cast doubt on Ameritech's ability to enter the long-distance market." In speaking at a Salomon Bros.
October 3, 1997 |
Ameritech Corp. will buy Rollins Inc.'s alarm-monitoring assets for about $200 million, continuing an expansion that will more than double its security business by year-end. Atlanta-based Rollins has 115,000 security customers, 50 locations and 620 employees in the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States. It also owns and operates Orkin Exterminating Co. The transaction, coupled with Monday's $610-million purchase of a similar business from Republic Industries Inc.
July 1, 1998 |
The Federal Communications Commission ordered Baby Bell Ameritech Corp. to halt its phone marketing alliance with long-distance provider Qwest Communications International Inc. until the agency completes a broad review of whether such arrangements should be permitted. Companies opposed to the arrangement "have raised serious questions involving core provisions" of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the FCC said.
October 28, 1997 |
Ameritech Corp., making one of the biggest moves by a Baby Bell into European telecommunications, said Monday that it will buy a third of Denmark's telephone carrier for $3.2 billion. In a two-step transaction, Ameritech would initially take a 34% stake in Tele Danmark and eventually boost that figure to 42%. The Chicago-based Baby Bell also would get the right to nominate six of the 12 Tele Danmark directors, including its chairman.