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July 25, 1997
Pacific Bell said it will hire 350 new technicians and reassign up to 400 others to cut down waiting times for installations of second phone lines. Orders for new phone lines in the state are running 15% to 20% higher than last year, according to the San Francisco-based unit of SBC Communications Corp. In some areas where demand is high, some customers have had to wait more than 20 days for additional lines to be installed. The delays have prompted a spate of complaints to state regulators.
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BUSINESS
March 20, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Court Upholds Telecom Pricing Method: SBC Communications Corp. lost its bid to overturn a method federal regulators use to set rates that local telephone companies charge competitors for access to their telecommunications networks. The U.S.
BUSINESS
December 8, 1998 | From Associated Press
Consumers would get more choices for high-speed Internet access if local phone companies were freed from federal regulations, a new alliance of large telephone and computer companies said Monday. BellSouth Corp., Bell Atlantic Corp., SBC Communications Corp., US West Inc. and GTE Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 1996 | From Reuters
SBC Communications Corp., Pacific Telesis Group and BellSouth Corp. said Thursday that they are jointly seeking to buy bulk long-distance telephone capacity to secure the best discount. The companies put together a joint request for proposals to several long-distance companies and are seeking competitive bids. They declined to give further details.
BUSINESS
August 26, 1999 | Associated Press
SBC Communications Corp., the parent of phone companies Southwestern Bell and Pacific Bell, said it will offer bundled phone, Internet and satellite TV services in Dallas and Fremont, Calif., beginning late this year and that other cities will be offered the service later. Dates have not been set. Monthly package prices will range from $39.95 for local phone service to $136.95 for all three. Discounts will range up to 35% over what prices for individual services would be, it said.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2002 | CHRISTINE FREY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
SBC Pacific Bell will credit customers one month of high-speed Internet service or $25 toward their telephone accounts for billing errors as part of its tentative settlement with the state Public Utilities Commission.
BUSINESS
April 22, 1996 | From Reuters
If the relative stock market valuations in the Nynex-Bell Atlantic proposed merger are seen as fair when trading begins today, Bell Atlantic shareholders will control 54.5% of the combined company. The relative value of Nynex Corp. and Bell Atlantic Corp. were a sticking point in merger talks between the two companies since late last year, according to sources.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2003 | Sallie Hofmeister, Times Staff Writer
Cable mogul John Malone is backing News Corp.'s bid for satellite TV leader DirecTV rather than making an offer of his own, ending months of speculation about a potential rivalry between the two longtime media partners. Malone's Liberty Media Corp. and News Corp. jointly announced a financial arrangement Thursday in which Liberty will invest $500 million in News Corp. to help finance a bid for DirecTV parent Hughes Electronics Corp., which could cost at least $3 billion.
BUSINESS
July 4, 2002 | JOSEPH MENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some of WorldCom Inc.'s big corporate customers are scrambling to line up alternative suppliers for systems that transmit company data internally and to business partners and customers, but analysts predict that many firms will suffer one way or another from WorldCom's problems. The majority of the largest clients have long-term contracts with WorldCom that set steep penalties for switching, even if WorldCom files for bankruptcy reorganization.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2003 | Sallie Hofmeister, Times Staff Writer
Although Cablevision Systems Corp. may take a run at the nation's biggest satellite provider, DirecTV, industry analysts Friday said it was unlikely the company could raise enough money to outbid other suitors. Cablevision, the nation's sixth-largest cable operator, is scheduled to launch a satellite TV service this summer. But the company's service might be hard to sell because its satellite's orbital position provides weak West Coast signals.
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