The AT&T/BellSouth merger has been deliberated by the FCC for quite some time. On October 13 of this year reports circulated about how the FCC vote was to be pushed back. It is now almost two months later and there may be an end to the deadlock.
As you may recall Commissioner Robert McDowell was not voting due to a conflict of interest. As you may recall Robert McDowell worked for COMPTEL an association who was publicly against the merger.
It seems now that McDowell will vote. One would imagine if he allows the merger to take place, significant net neutrality concessions will be required by AT&T. From AT&T’s perspective it must be nerve-wracking to have such an important vote in the hands of a single individual.