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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).

December 9, 1998

FCC Merger En Banc: Agenda

Date: December 14, 1998

Location: Commission Meeting Room
Federal Communications Commission
1919 M Street NW, Washington, DC

Time: 9:30 am- 2:00 pm
The Federal Communications Commission will hold the second of two en bancs to discuss recent consolidation activities in the telecommunications industry, focusing on the proposed mergers between SBC Communications, Inc. and Ameritech Corporation, Bell Atlantic Corporation and GTE Corporation, and AT&T Corp. and Tele-Communications, Inc,. The purpose of these en bancs is to assist the Commission in determining whether these mergers are consistent with the goals of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which include promoting competition in telecommunications markets and protecting the public interest.

In this en banc,state, consumer,community and telecommunications industry representatives will discuss the proposed mergers' impact on telecommunications markets. The agenda for the en banc is given below.


9:30-12:15: Session 1: ILEC Mergers
9:30-12:15: Introductory Comments

Chairman William E. Kennard
Prof. Thomas Krattenmaker

9:45-10:30: Public Interest Panel
9:45-10:06: Panelist Statements:

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

Regina Costa
Telecommunications Research Director
The Utility Reform Network (California)

Jolynn Barry Butler
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Timothy S. Carey
Chairman and Executive Director
New York State Consumer Protection Board

Martha S. Hogerty
Office of the Public Counsel, Missouri
Chair, Telecommunications Committee,
National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA)

Richard Josť Bela, Esq.
President and CEO
Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

William E. Kovacic
Visiting Professor
The George Washington University Law School

10:06-10:30: Questions and Answers
10:30-10:35: Break
10:35-11:20: SBC/Ameritech Panel
10:35-10:44: Panelist Statements:

Robert Taylor
President and Chief Executive Officer
Focal Communications Corporation

J. Richard Devlin
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and External Affairs
Sprint Corporation

Stephen M. Carter
President - Strategic Markets
SBC Operations, Inc.

10:44-11:20: Questions and Answers
11:20-11:25: Break
11:25-12:10: Bell Atlantic/GTE Panel
11:25-11:34: Panelist Statements:

Michael J. Mahoney
President and Chief Operating Officer
RCN Corporation

Jonathan Sallet
Chief Policy Counsel
MCI WorldCom

James R. Young
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Bell Atlantic

11:34-12:10: Questions and Answers
12:10-12:15 Remarks

Chairman Kennard and Commissioners

1:00-2:00 Session 2: AT&T-TCI
1:00-1:10: Introductory Comments

Chairman William E. Kennard
Prof. Thomas Krattenmaker

1:10-1:55: AT&T-TCI Panel
1:10-1:28: Panelist Statements:

John C. Gamboa
Executive Director
Greenlining Institute/Latino Issues Forum

Joni Inman
Greater Metro Telecommunications Consortium (Denver)

Charles M. Brewer
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mindspring Enterprises

Mark Roellig
General Counsel and Vice President for Law, Policy and Human Resources
U S WEST, Inc.

Gene Kimmelman
Codirector, Consumers Union
Washington Office

James W. Cicconi
Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Federal Policy

1:28-1:55 Questions and Answers
1:55-2:00 Closing Remarks

Chairman Kennard and Commissioners

The audio portion of the meeting will be broadcast live on the Internet via the FCC's Internet audio broadcast page at http://www.fcc.gov/realaudio/. The meeting can also be heard via telephone, for a fee, from National Narrowcast Network, telephone (202) 966-2211 or fax (202) 966-1770. Audio and video tapes of this meeting can be purchased from Infocus, 341 Victory Drive, Herndon, VA 20170, telephone (703) 834-0100; fax (703) 834-0111. For any other questions pertaining to coverage of the en banc, please contact the Commission's Audio-Visual Office at (202) 418-0460.