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AT&T Corp. v. Iowa Utilities Board

Docket Number: 97-826 (Consolidated with MCI v. Iowa Utilities, 97-829; Local Telecom v. Iowa Utilities, 97-830; FCC v. Iowa Utilities, 97-831; Ameritech v. FCC, 97-1075; GTB v. FCC, 97-1087; U.S. West v. FCC, 97-1099; Southern New England Telephone v. FCC, 97-1141)
Appealed From: U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
Subjects: Telecommunications Regulation; Prices and Competition; Federal Communications Commission Jurisdiction

Argued: October 13, 1998

Decided: January 25, 1999

At Issue: Whether the Federal Communications Commission exceeded its authority when it set out pricing requirements for new competitors seeking to use parts of local telephone networks.

Decision: The court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission has authority to set pricing rules for opening local telephone markets to competition.

The full text of the AT&T Corp. v. Iowa Utilities Board decision is available at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

The full text of the 1997 decison by the 8th Circuit, Iowa Utilities Board, et al. v. FCC also is available at FindLaw.

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is available at the Federal Communications Commission Web site.

Background from The Post
Supreme Court Backs FCC On Phone Rules (January 26, 1999)
High Court To Review Phone Rules (October 13, 1999)
Supreme Court Accepts Phone Rivalry Case (January 27, 1998)

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)

© Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company

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