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|January 12, 1999|
STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN WILLIAM E. KENNARD ON TODAY'S COURT DECISION UPHOLDING THE FCC'S BENCHMARKS ORDER
Today, the D.C. Circuit released its opinion in the international
settlement benchmarks case, Cable & Wireless v. FCC. The Court
upheld the Commission's benchmarks order "in all repects" against
numerous challenges brought by a consortium of foreign telephone
companies. The Court concluded that, "given the expansive powers
delegated to the Commission . . . we have no doubt that the
Commission has the authority to prescribe maximum settlement rates."|
FCC Chairman William Kennard issued the following statement:
"This is a great day for US consumers who call relatives and friends, and conduct business in foreign countries. In its decision, the D.C. Circuit has upheld the important actions taken by the Commission to lower the cost of making international calls. We will continue to push for lower international rates by consistently enforcing our benchmark rules and promoting competition around the world."