SBC, AT&T and Lobbying

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SBC, AT&T and Lobbying

In a WSJ article today “AT&T's Long-Term Benefits To SBC May Be a Big Stretch,” There is an interesting statement on one of the reasons SBC may be eyeing AT&T…

There are some ancillary benefits to the deal, too. The deal eliminates the most powerful lobbying counterweight to the regional Bells. Washington still has vital telecommunications regulatory issues on its plate.

It is an interesting point worth considering. I have written about telecom lobbying before. Service providers are huge lobbyers and AT&T has tremendous experience in this area. Incumbents will all be helped by this merger.



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