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Who's the Federal Communications Commission fooling with all this talk of "designated entities," or providing incentives-and frequencies-for small businesses, women and minorities in the upcoming PCS auctions?The FCC, a victim itself in all of this as a result of a considerable amount of back-shoving...

TELECOMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION MAY TAKE CENTER STAGE THIS FALL

WASHINGTON-Congress will attempt to pass telecommunications reform and digital wiretap legislation this fall, and lawmakers also plan to put the Federal Communications Commission's auction program under the microscope before adjourning the 103rd session next month.With any luck, telecommunications reform legislation could hit the Senate...

LAWSUIT FILED

Shareholders of Contel Cellular Inc. have filed two separate lawsuits in an attempt to block GTE Corp.'s $224 million bid to purchase the remaining 10 percent of the shares of Contel it doesn't yet own.The lawsuits, filed in Delaware Chancery Court, claim the $224...

PCS LIKELY TO ACT AS A CATALYST FOR MORE MERGERS IN WIRELESS

What's behind the recent wave of wireless mega-mergers and alliances?First, AT&T Corp. launched its bold acquisition of cellular leader McCaw Cellular Communications Inc., and MCI Communications Corp. responded by attempting to purchase a stake in enhanced specialized mobile radio operator Nextel Communications Inc. More...

SPRINT, BAM AND NYNEX DISCUSS MERGING CELLULAR

Partnerships-even those between Bell companies and long-distance carriers-should be expected in today's cut-throat telecommunications industry, said a spokesman for Sprint Corp. in response to reports the company may ally with two Bell companies.Sprint, the third largest long-distance carrier, reportedly is discussing a possible merger...

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JUDGE SETS NOV. 1 DATE TO HEAR LAWSUIT BY BELLS ON AT&T-MCCAW MERGER

WASHINGTON-A New York federal judge last week refused to block the proposed merger between AT&T Corp. and McCaw Cellular Communications Inc., but agreed to a speedy trial of two regional Bell telephone companies' lawsuit to halt the transaction on antitrust grounds.U.S. District Judge Edward...

TELECOM BILL'S FATE OVERSHADOWS THE FCC'S FALL AGENDA

Washington - Clouding the Federal Communications Commision's wireless agenda this fall is the uncertain fate of telecommunications reform legislation that could trigger scores of new rule makings with mandated deadlines costing $70 million to implement.If Congress approves the legislation, the FCC would have to...

TELECOM BILL’S FATE OVERSHADOWS THE FCC’S FALL AGENDA

Washington - Clouding the Federal Communications Commision's wireless agenda this fall is the uncertain fate of telecommunications reform legislation that could trigger scores of new rule makings with mandated deadlines costing $70 million to implement.If Congress approves the legislation, the FCC would have to...

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