Edward Whitacre Jr.: Showing Muscle In Long Distance

Chalk one up for Ed Whitacre. In mid-February, things looked dire for the SBC Communications chief's bid to enter the long-distance market. That's when the Justice Dept. said SBC's petition to provide long-distance service in Texas had problems. But on June 13, DOJ gave an unexpected O.K. to a revised SBC application detailing how it gives rival phone companies access to its network.

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