Motion of the United States for a Modification of the Decree to Permit a Trial

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,    

                  Plaintiff,

                  v.

WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY, 
INC., ET AL., AND

AMERICAN TELEPHONE &  
TELEGRAPH COMPANY,

                  Defendants.
 


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Civil Action No. 82-0192 (HHG)

 

MOTION OF THE UNITED STATES FOR A MODIFICATION
OF THE DECREE TO PERMIT A TRIAL, SUPERVISED BY
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE COURT, IN WHICH
AMERITECH COULD PROVIDE INTEREXCHANGE SERVICE FOR A
LIMITED GEOGRAPHIC AREA, WITH APPROPRIATE SAFEGUARDS,
WHEN ACTUAL COMPETITION AND SUBSTANTIAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR
ADDITIONAL COMPETITION IN LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE DEVELOP

 

The United States, pursuant to section VII of the decree, moves for modification of section II(D)(1) of the decree. The proposed modification would allow a trial, supervised by the Department of Justice and the Court, in which Ameritech could provide interexchange service for a limited geographic area, with appropriate safeguards, when competitive local exchange services become available. The terms and conditions for the trial are set forth in the attached proposed order. Ameritech and AT&T have consented to the proposed order.

In the accompanying Preliminary Memorandum, the United States briefly explains why we believe that the proposed modification will serve the public interest in competition in both local exchange and interexchange telecommunications markets. That Memorandum also summarizes the general structure of the proposed modification order and its conditions for entry and post-entry safeguards. The United States will file a more detailed memorandum regarding this significant proposal. We respectfully suggest that the Court establish a schedule for the United States' Memorandum and for responses and replies by all interested persons, as set forth in the accompanying Motion To Establish Briefing Schedule.

 

    Respectfully submitted,

 

      

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ANNE K. BINGAMAN
Assistant Attorney General

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WILLARD K. TOM
Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General

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DAVID S. TURETSKY
Senior Counsel to the
Assistant Attorney General
U. S. Department of Justice
Antitrust Division
Washington, D.C. 20530
202-616-0962

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DONALD J. RUSSELL
Chief, Telecommunications
Task Force
U.S. Department of Justice
555 4th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
202-514-5621

APRIL 3, 1995

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