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|July 28, 1997|
STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN REED HUNDT
In view of the commitments for pro-competitive policies that MCI provided today, in
combination with other commitments previously made by BT, I personally believe we can and
should approve the BT/MCI merger as in the public interest.
Upon review of the record in this proceeding, Commission staff had particular concerns
about the lack of equal access in the United Kingdom, the availability of international
transmission capacity on the U.S.-U.K route, the relatively high cost of terminating U.S.
traffic in the United Kingdom, and the veto power held by the U.K. government over certain
BT management decisions due to a "special share" in BT held by the U.K. government. The
commitments of today and of the past few months ameliorate these problems. They include:
BT's and MCI's commitments, and the opportunities that exist for their competitors in the United States and the United Kingdom, will safeguard the interests of American consumers in the context of this merger. Under these conditions, I personally endorse swift approval of the merger.- FCC -