Commentary: The Single Life May Not Agree With Sprint

No doubt Sprint Corp. Chief Executive Officer William T. Esrey has built a nifty telecom company over the past 15 years. The $17 billion giant is the nation's No. 3 long-distance carrier and boasts thriving local service, wireless, and Internet businesses. Still, when powerhouse WorldCom Inc. came calling with a bigger-is-better offer, Esrey eagerly backed the plans to merge the two companies into a $54 billion behemoth with some 42 million customers in 65 countries.

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