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The Bedford Report

October 11, 2010 08:46 ET

Domestic Telecom Companies Speak Out Against Potential New Regulations

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on AT&T and CenturyLink

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 11, 2010) - Sales within the Domestic Telecom Industry have risen in recent months largely due to a 25% quarterly increase in sales and demand of new fibre-optics technology. There is concern however that recent growth could be affected as the US Federal Communications Commission is looking at changing the pricing and cost structure of broadband internet service. This legislation could slow or even halt growth in broadband technology. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Domestic Telecom industry and provides research reports on AT&T, Inc. (NYSE: T) and CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Since taking the reigns as chairman of the FCC two years ago, Julius Genachowski has preached the FCC's desire for a "free and open internet". In the last year the FCC released its National Broadband Plan, a massive document containing dozens of proposals for making Internet access faster and cheaper for all Americans. The National Broadband Plan recommendations, that the FCC has already begun implementing, includes moving to free up spectrum for mobile broadband, and reform of the E-Rate program to help bring technology into schools. Telecommunications companies have expressed their opposition to more FCC regulation. This summer, industry heavyweight, Verizon's CEO Iven Seidenberg publicly criticized the FCC saying the new proposals for regulating Internet lines "will cause uncertainty in the marketplace, create disincentives for investment and make one of the true success stories of the American economy less competitive."

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The FCC is also one of the last hurdles in CenturyLink's proposed acquisition of Qwest. The deal appears to be getting a ringing endorsement from lawmakers. Last week a bipartisan group of 21 House members wrote the FCC hailing the potential benefits of the merger, claiming it would help bring technology services to the most rural regions of the country. Pending FCC approval, Qwest and CenturyLink aim to have the deal done by the first half of 2011.

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