Surprises

by Mike Masnick




Pennsylvannia Suddenly Not Sure Why It Approved Verizon-MCI Merger

from the whoooops dept

Only a year and a half or so after Verizon was given the okay to buy MCI, Pennsylvania is suddenly questioning the decision. Apparently, a state court found that the Public Utility Commission (PUC) "did not study the anticompetitive effects of the merger" and didn't make sure that the merger would benefit customers. Seems a bit late to suddenly be questioning the decision -- though, it could mean that the PUC will go back and impose additional conditions on Verizon (sure to be contested). Of course, Pennsylvania has a long, sordid history of letting Verizon (and its predecessors) slide on various agreements. For the various tax breaks given by the state, Verizon was supposed to be delivering much faster connections to many more homes. Instead, they took the money and ran... and now it looks like they got away with a merger without significant review as well.

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    Karnov, 22 Feb 2007 @ 6:48am

    Thats PA for ya.

    Gotta love the bureaucracies we have here in the glorious state of PA.

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    Silver Bullet, 22 Feb 2007 @ 8:43am

    Dont Worry About PA

    we'll all be saved by all that gambling revenue, so it wont matter anyway.

    Yeah.
    Right.
    -E

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      Zalamander, 22 Feb 2007 @ 8:56am

      Re: Dont Worry About PA

      yhea right is right. I live in Jersey and I haven't seen one benefit from the casinos. Or the toll roads for that matter. Capitalism is a wonderful thing especially when its Bureaucrats who F*** up and then expect you to pay more to fix it. Unfriggin real.

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    Overcast, 22 Feb 2007 @ 8:47am

    I'm sure some politician made a big load of cash off of it. It's the only thing that politicians really care about... oh well that and money too.

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    Alexander Fairley, 22 Feb 2007 @ 8:56am

    Syntax Error!

    'Of course, if Pennsylvania has a long, sordid history of letting Verizon (and its predecessors) slide on various agreements.'
    Won't compile...

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    Eveil, 22 Feb 2007 @ 10:56am

    Not Capitalism.

    @Zalamander:

    That's not Capitalism, man.

    A rep from Verizon probably took a PA politico out for a nice meal and... *70s porn music begins to play*.

    Market forces don't mean jack when an industry is regulated by the government.

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    mrgrimm, 22 Feb 2007 @ 11:00am

    All industries everywhere are regulated by governm

    Except for pirates, of course. And other black markets.

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    ScytheNoire, 23 Feb 2007 @ 2:53am

    once again, politicians are being controled by corporations in the practice of screwing over society.

    Good Job America! Corporations FTL!

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