April 2, 1997 |
It's official: SBC Communications and Pacific Telesis Group have merged. Ed Whitacre and Phil Quigley, chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the newly combined company, announced consummation of the deal Tuesday morning, a year to the day after the two Baby Bells revealed their intent to combine. Both companies' boards of directors met Monday afternoon, after the California Public Utilities Commission OKd the deal with a few conditions.
April 1, 1997 |
Clearing the way for a massive merger that will ultimately touch almost every resident of California, the state Public Utilities Commission on Monday gave final approval to SBC Communications' $16.5-billion acquisition of Pacific Telesis Group. In a 4-1 vote, the panel blessed the deal on the condition that the combined company refund $214 million to consumers and set aside $50 million over five years to bring new technology to underserved communities.
March 26, 1997 |
More than 2.3 million California households are dialing into the Internet, and those connections account for 27% of all residential phone use in California, according to a study released Tuesday by Pacific Telesis Group in support of its request to charge fees for access to the global computer network.
March 23, 1997 |
Officials at Pacific Telesis Group acknowledge that they were unaware former Associate Atty. Gen. Webster L. Hubbell, one of the firm's private advisors in the high-stakes battle over massive telecommunications legislation in 1994, worked at the same time for a competing telephone company. Hubbell's simultaneous consulting deals with Pacific Telesis, which provides local phone service in California and Nevada, and Sprint Corp.
March 18, 1997 |
Rebuffing a proposal that Pacific Telesis Group and SBC had said might scuttle their $16.7-billion merger deal, state public utilities commissioners on Monday offered alternate plans that drastically reduce the amount of money the phone companies would be required to refund to consumers. The new proposals indicate the commissioners are willing to compromise to smooth the way for the merger. PacTel and SBC had practically threatened to call off the deal if they were required to pay $590.
March 14, 1997 |
Pacific Telesis Group and SBC Communications will ask the California Public Utilities Commission today to approve their $16.7-billion merger without requiring any refund to consumers or the strict, ongoing regulatory measures proposed by a pair of PUC judges last month. The Baby Bells gained an important ally Thursday when the state of California emerged as a strong opponent of the proposal, which would require that the companies refund $590.5 million to ratepayers.