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fcclogo PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., SW
Washington, D.C. 20554
News media information 202 / 418-0500
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TTY: 202/418-2555



DA 00-672


COMMON CARRIER BUREAU ANNOUNCES PUBLIC FORUM ON MCI WORLDCOM, INC. AND SPRINT CORPORATION, APPLICATIONS FOR TRANSFER OF CONTROL

CC DOCKET NO. 99-333

Released: March 27, 2000


The Common Carrier Bureau will hold a Public Forum on Wednesday, April 5, 2000 to discuss issues pertinent to the pending transfer of control applications filed by MCI Worldcom, Inc. (MCI Worldcom) and Sprint Corporation (Sprint). On November 17, 1999, MCI Worldcom and Sprint filed joint applications requesting Commission approval of the transfer of control to MCI Worldcom of licenses and authorizations controlled by Sprint.1 This Public Forum will be held at the Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room.

The purpose of the Public Forum is to assist the Common Carrier Bureau in its review of the applications and to provide an opportunity for further discussion of issues raised in the proceeding. The Bureau will focus on how the proposed merger would affect the Commission's ability to satisfy the goals of the Telecommunications Act to increase competition (particularly in mass consumer markets) while minimizing regulation. Accordingly, the Bureau has invited representatives of MCI Worldcom, Sprint, and other interested parties to participate as panelists and respond to questions that have arisen in the Bureau's review of the applications.

This forum will be open to the public, and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. All interested persons are invited to attend. A transcript of the Public Forum will be available 10 days after the event on the FCC's Internet site. The URL address of the FCC's Internet Home Page is http://www.fcc.gov/ccb/mergers.html. Transcripts may be obtained from the FCC's duplicating contractor, International Transcription Service (ITS) at (202)857-3800 or fax (202)857-3805 of TTY (202) 293- 8810. ITS may be reached by mail: its_inc@ix.netcom.com. ITS's Internet address is http://www.itsdocs.com. Audio and video tapes of the Public Forum may be purchased from Infocus, 341 Victory Drive, Herndon, VA 20170, by calling Infocus at (703) 834- 0100 or faxing Infocus at (703) 834-0111. Also, Internet users may listen to the real-time audio feed of the forum via the FCC Internet Audio Broadcast Home Page. Step-by-step instructions on how to listen to the audio broadcast, as well as information regarding the equipment and software needed, are available on the FCC Internet Audio Broadcast Home Page. The URL address for this home page is http://www.fcc.gov/realaudio/.

For additional information contact: Claudia Fox or Susan Piť at (202) 418-1580. News media contact: Michael Balmoris at (202) 418-0253.


1/ See MCI Worldcom/Sprint License Transfer Proceeding Designated as Permit-But-Disclose, Public Notice (DA 00-55) (rel. Jan. 12, 2000).