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Short Take: SBC asks FCC for long-distance in Kansas, Oklahoma

SBC Communications asked the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday to approve the company's entry into long-distance in Kansas and Oklahoma, as it has opened those markets to competition. But AT&T countered that SBC has not established cost-based prices for competitors to attach to the Bell's unbundled network elements. AT&T cited a recent Justice Department report identifying that concern, but SBC said the regulatory commissions in Kansas and Oklahoma approved SBC's pricing.

SBC Communications asked the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday to approve the company's entry into long-distance in Kansas and Oklahoma, as it has opened those markets to competition. But AT&T countered that SBC has not established cost-based prices for competitors to attach to the Bell's unbundled network elements. AT&T cited a recent Justice Department report identifying that concern, but SBC said the regulatory commissions in Kansas and Oklahoma approved SBC's pricing.