AT&T Unlikely to Budge With FCC on Merger Deal [Wall Street Journal]
Summary: AT&T expects FCC approval of its $80 billion BellSouth takeover by the end of the year without further concessions, according to AT&T senior vice president Chris Rooney. Two Democratic FCC commissioners, Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein, refuse to vote in favor of the deal, which has left the commission in a deadlock. But with Senate confirmation of Kevin Martin as FCC chairman, it's expected that Martin will unrecuse Commissioner Robert McDowell, obliging him to vote -- and in all likelihood approve the takeover. Negotiations between AT&T, Copps and Adelstein are expected to resume in the next two weeks.
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