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DA 99-119
January 11, 1999


Bill Rogerson, Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission, will hold an Economic Round Table to discuss the proposed mergers between SBC Communications, Inc. and Ameritech Corporation (CC Docket No. 98-141), and Bell Atlantic Corporation and GTE Corporation (CC Docket No. 98-184). The purpose of the Round Table is to assist the Commission in determining whether these mergers are consistent with the goals of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which include promoting competition in telecommunications markets and protecting the public interest.

The Round Table will take place on Friday, February 5, 1999, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Round Table will be held in the Commission Meeting Room at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. The Chief Economist of the FCC will moderate a panel discussion with well- known economists on the potential benefits and costs of these mergers.

The Round Table is open to the public, and seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. The Round Table also will be carried live on the Internet, barring any technical difficulties. Internet users may listen to the real-time audio feed of the Round Table 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/.

A transcript of the Economic Round Table will be available 10 days after the event on the FCC's Internet site. The URL address for the FCC's Internet Home Page is http://www.fcc.gov. Transcripts may be obtained from the FCC's duplicating contractor, International Transcription Service, 1231 20th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036, by calling ITS at (202) 857-3800 or faxing ITS at (202) 857-3805. Audio and video tapes of the Round Table may be purchased from Infocus, 341 Victory Drive, Herndon, VA 20170, by calling Infocus at (703) 834-0100 or by faxing Infocus at (703) 834-0111.

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