June 11, 2004 |
The head of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that the agency would write new regulations on the leasing of local telephone networks, now that the Bush administration has decided not to appeal a ruling overturning competition rules. FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell said that revising the rules was at the top of his agenda. The rules, thrown out by an appeals court in March, have saved customers $16 billion a year by forcing SBC Communications Inc.
June 10, 2004 |
The Bush administration and federal regulators sided with the Baby Bell companies Wednesday and refused to seek Supreme Court review of telephone competition rules. AT&T Corp. and MCI Inc. said they still planned to appeal the court decision that threw out rules requiring the Bells to lease their local phone lines and gear to competitors at regulated wholesale rates.
June 5, 2004 |
A federal court ruling Friday has put the White House in an election-year quandary: Should it back big local phone companies in their drive to undo regulations or side with consumer groups by supporting a plan they say will bring more choices and lower prices? The Bush administration had hoped the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington would head off such a dilemma by agreeing to give SBC Communications Inc., Verizon Communications Inc.
May 29, 2004 |
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael K. Powell ordered the nation's four Baby Bells and their biggest rivals to spend the Memorial Day weekend negotiating agreements to lease Bell networks and gear. Upset with a stalemate over the last two months, Powell and Commissioner Kevin J. Martin are overseeing talks aimed at settling a decade of animosity and botched federal rules over competition and wholesale rates, say sources inside and outside the FCC.
May 15, 2004 |
AT&T Corp. on Friday called for binding arbitration to settle disputes over its use of local telephone networks owned by the regional Baby Bells. The nation's largest long-distance carrier and other telecommunications companies lease the Bells' networks at regulated rates as part of a 1996 federal law intended to promote competition in local phone service. It's an arrangement that saves customers $10 billion a year.
May 13, 2004 |
Federal regulators and the Bush administration are increasingly skeptical that negotiations between Baby Bell phone companies and their competitors over access to local networks will succeed. But the Federal Communications Commission and the White House appear to be at odds over how to bring the two sides together before June 15, when a federal appeals court lifts a stay on a ruling that tosses out existing phone competition rules.