With all the merger activity in the local and long distance telephone industries, the FCC has had no shortage of things to do of late. But hints of unrest within the FCC and the looming threat that Congress will strip it of its regulatory power are on the horizon.
Congress takes aim at the FCC
Some influential Congress members are planning a run at the FCC next year and they may try to strip the agency of most of its regulatory powers, a congressman says.
Telcos, others to lean on FCC over mergers
MCI WorldCom and Sprint executives, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and consumer advocates plan to urge regulators to reject three massive telecom mergers.
FCC dissension likely over telco mergers
Commissioner Michael Powell says regulators should be wary of exercising too much control over mergers, which may indicate dissension inside the agency.
FCC to stiffen antislamming rules
Next week, regulators will adopt tougher rules to combat the problem of switching consumers' long distance service without permission.
FCC may not make AT&T, TCI open pipes
Regulators are unlikely to require the firms to give ISPs unfettered access to their high-speed connections as a condition for approving AT&T's purchase of TCI, analysts say.
Baby Bells' mergers may be blocked by FCC
The agency may not approve mergers between SBC and Ameritech, and Bell Atlantic and GTE because of concerns the mergers wouldn't serve the public interest.