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Short Take: Verizon withdraws Mass. long-distance application

Verizon Communications will temporarily withdraw its application to provide long-distance in Massachusetts, it has told the Federal Communications Commission. FCC chairman Bill Kennard said in a statement Monday that Verizon "came close" to approval but needs more independent data including how competitors access Verizon's network for high-speed Internet access. It is not unprecedented for a Bell to withdraw an application and re-submit after gathering new data.

Verizon Communications will temporarily withdraw its application to provide long-distance in Massachusetts, it has told the Federal Communications Commission. FCC chairman Bill Kennard said in a statement Monday that Verizon "came close" to approval but needs more independent data including how competitors access Verizon's network for high-speed Internet access. It is not unprecedented for a Bell to withdraw an application and re-submit after gathering new data.