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Monday, November 03, 2003

 

Bells trying to shakedown vendors for millions to fund massive lobbying campaign

"Phone Companies Ask Congress to Open Antitrust Probe"

"Nearly two dozen telecommunications providers on Friday asked Congress to open a probe investigating whether the country's biggest local phone companies violated antitrust laws by plotting an enormous lobbying campaign with equipment makers to deregulate the market."

"In the memo, McCormick outlined plans to ask the largest equipment makers for up to $500,000 a year for three years to fund the lobbying campaign. 'Carriers and manufacturers are interdependent,' the memo says. 'If we grow, we buy, and then they grow as well.'"


Probably not one of these vendors is making a profit this year and many may not even agree with the Bells positions (many also sell to Bell competitors such as cable TV carriers and CLECs), yet their largest and healthiest customers are shaking them down for money.

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