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CEI Comments on SBC Communications Inc. and AT&T Corp. Applications for Approval of Transfer of Control

Regulatory Comments and Testimony

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CEI Comments on SBC Communications Inc. and AT&T Corp. Applications for Approval of Transfer of Control

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The Competitive Enterprise Institute hereby (CEI)[1] submits this reply comment regarding the applications by SBC Communications Inc. (SBC) and AT&T Corp. (AT&T) seeking FCC approval of the transfer of licenses held by AT&T to SBC.[2]

CEI believes that it is in the public interest that the SBC-AT&T merger should be quickly approved without conditions.

[1] CEI is a non-profit public policy organization that works on a broad range of regulatory issues, including telecommunications and technology policy. CEI has a long history of promoting consumer welfare by analyzing alternatives to government regulation of the dynamic communications marketplace.

[2] In addition, there is another proposed merger the Commission must consider, that of Verizon and MCI (WC Docket No. 05-75). Though each merger has its own particular details and considerations, the thrust of these comments – that it is in the public interest that the SBC-AT&T merger should be quickly approved without conditions – applies equally to Verizon-MCI.