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Short Take: Pacific Bell hits California roadblock

An administrative law judge in California has recommended that state regulators deny Pacific Bell's application to enter the long distance market. The judge's recommendation, which the state Public Utilities Commission will rule on by Dec. 17, follows an earlier PUC staff recommendation to block the telco's move into long distance. The company has not yet opened its local markets to rivals, the judge said.

An administrative law judge in California has recommended that state regulators deny Pacific Bell's application to enter the long distance market. The judge's recommendation, which the state Public Utilities Commission will rule on by Dec. 17, follows an earlier PUC staff recommendation to block the telco's move into long distance. The company has not yet opened its local markets to rivals, the judge said.