Time Warner Telecom wants Conditions to AT&T-BellSouth Merger

Time Warner Telecom called on the FCC to rigorously review the proposed AT&T – BellSouth merger and not approve such a merger, absent regulatory conditions that fully address the consequences of the merger for business customers.
“The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approved the AT&T – BellSouth merger without conditions that would have addressed the consequences of the merger for business customers,” said Paul Jones, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Time Warner Telecom. “This makes it all the more important that the FCC thoroughly review the merger and impose appropriate conditions.
“Time Warner Telecom is an innovative competitor that derives most of its revenue from services delivered over its own fiber network. We are one of the largest competitive service providers of business-class services with over 6,400 commercial buildings directly connected to our own fiber network. In contrast, AT&T and BellSouth have local facilities serving literally hundreds of thousands of commercial buildings. In the situations where we must use incumbent carrier local transmission facilities to reach distant customer locations, we, and other industry competitors, need regulatory checks on incumbent monopoly power to enable competition while protecting business customers from higher prices and degraded service quality.
“I therefore urge the FCC to thoroughly review the proposed merger and not to approve the merger without conditions that fully address the merged firms exercise of market power,” Jones added.

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