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WorldCom Company Timeline

Compiled by Reuters and washingtonpost.com
Tuesday, March 15, 2005; 1:24 PM

The following is a chronology of key events in the history of WorldCom Inc.

1983: Businessmen Murray Waldron and William Rector sketch out a plan to create a discount long distance provider called LDDS (Long-Distance Discount Service).

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1985: Early investor Bernard Ebbers becomes chief executive officer of LDDS.

1989: LDDS becomes public through the acquisition of Advantage Companies Inc.

1992: LDDS merges in an all-stock deal with discount long distance service provider Advanced Telecommunications Corp.

1993: LDDS acquires long distance providers Resurgens Communications Group Inc and Metromedia Communications Corp. in a three-way stock and cash transaction that creates the fourth-largest long-distance network in the United States.

1994: LDDS acquires domestic and international communications network IDB Communications Group Inc. in an all-stock deal.

1995: LDDS acquires voice and data transmission company Williams Telecommunications Group Inc. for $2.5 billion and changes its name to WorldCom Inc.

1996: WorldCom merges with MFS Communications Company Inc. and UUNet Technologies Inc.

1998: WorldCom completes three mergers: with MCI Communications Corp. ($40 billion)—the largest in history at that time—Brooks Fiber Properties Inc. ($1.2 billion) and CompuServe Corp ($1.3 billion).

1999: WorldCom and Sprint Corp. agree to merge.

2000: U.S. and European regulators block proposed merger with Sprint; WorldCom and Sprint terminate agreement.

2001: WorldCom merges with Intermedia Communications Inc., a provider of data and Internet services to businesses.


* March 11: WorldCom receives a request for information from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to accounting procedures and loans to officers.

* April 3: WorldCom says it is cutting 3,700 jobs in the U.S. or 6 percent of WorldCom group's staff, 4 percent of WorldCom's overall work force.

* April 22: Standard & Poor's cuts WorldCom's long-term and short-term corporate credit ratings.

* April 23: Moody's Investors Service cuts WorldCom's long-term ratings. Fitch cuts the company's ratings, saying it expects WorldCom's revenue to deteriorate during 2002, with prospects for recovery in 2003 uncertain.

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