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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Pre Election Scramble @ the FCC

We have it on good information that the FCC is scrambling to approve the AT&T/BellSouth merger at its September agenda meeting. This is counter to the conventional wisdom that had the FCC holding off on acting on the merger until after the Election and after the posture of the Tunney Act case (reviewing the DOJ and FCC approval of the SBC/AT&T merger) was more certain.

In addition to approval of the merger, word is that folks on the Hill are trying to schedule Chairman Martin's confirmation hearing this month before the Election recess. It appears that after a slow August, its back to business as usual in the halls of Congress and the FCC!

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