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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

October 13, 1998

Statement from FCC Chairman William E. Kennard
on FCC v. Iowa Utilities Board

Today's Supreme Court argument marks the beginning of the end of the implementation of the local phone competition provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. It was clear that the Court is strongly engaged in weighing the issues before it, and appreciates the magnitude of the challenges facing Congress, the states, and the Federal Communications Commission. I look forward to the Court's ruling.

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